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  • Taiwan’s Healthcare System – Observations

    Sep 13, 2012 | Hits: 1654

    By Dr Jeremy Lim These are my reflections after an intense week of discussions with Taiwanese policy makers, doctors, and the quintessential ‘man in the street’ about their healthcare system. Taiwan has been a lightning rod for discussions on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Singapore after academics had expressed concern over its sustainability, with one NUS…..

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  • FORUM: Work-Life Balance

    Sep 11, 2012 | Hits: 1405

    In his National Day Rally speech, the Prime Minister revealed plans to create an environment conducive for couples to have and raise children.  These measures were targeted at addressing the practical problems that child-rearing couples may face. These are also to “signal where we must change our mindsets and norms…” Among the measures being considered are…..

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  • FORUM: Allowing singles to buy HDB flats

    Sep 03, 2012 | Hits: 3334

    In his National Day Rally speech, the Prime Minister says he fully understands the concerns of single or unmarried Singaporeans over housing. He says the Ministry for National Development (MND) is looking into addressing these concerns. Currently, singles can only buy resale HDB flats. In the event that there is a policy change, singles may be…..

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  • Lessons from Behavioural Economics for Policymakers

    Aug 28, 2012 | Hits: 1030

    By Adrian W. J. Kuah At the heart of standard neoclassical economic theory stands homo economicus: rational man who acts independently to maximise his self-interest.  And it does not require a great stretch of the imagination to describe the prototypical policymaker in more or less the same terms.  Can the criticisms that behavioural economics have been…..

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  • The End of Identity?

    Aug 23, 2012 | Hits: 8064

    By Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh China-born Feng Tian Wei’s Olympic table tennis bronze medal has sparked an outcry in this country about what it means to be a true Singaporean. Many Singaporeans say they feel no pride about the country’s first individual Olympic medal in four decades. Yet the problem is not so much that Ms Feng…..

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  • Heartware vs Hardware – Lets Start With The Children

    Aug 22, 2012 | Hits: 2719

    By Serene Koh At his annual National Day Dinner for residents in his Ang Mo Kio constituency, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged Singaporeans to strengthen their “heartware”—values such as mutual respect, care and compassion, meritocracy, and integrity—and to focus less on “hardware” such as new HDB flats and more train lines. He goes on to…..

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  • ‘Finlandisation’ of ASEAN?

    Aug 16, 2012 | Hits: 1001

    By Lee Yoong Yoong “Finlandisation” is the influence of a dominant country on the policies of its smaller neighbours. It entails a conscious decision by a smaller country to not confront its more powerful neighbour in foreign relations while maintaining national sovereignty. The term originates from Finland’s decision to not challenge the Soviet Union during the…..

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  • A Peek into our Future Debate

    Jul 29, 2012 | Hits: 1153

    By Donald Low “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.”…..

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  • IPS launches second online portal

    Jun 27, 2012 | Hits: 780

    Mr Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), introduces the institute’s second online portal, and speaks on the role which IPS plays in policy discussions and research. © Copyright 2012 National University of Singapore. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to reproduce this material for non-commercial purposes and please ensure you cite…..

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  • When in Singapore, act like a S’porean

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 1484

    Integration is a two-way street: Citizens must welcome foreigners, but immigrants too must accept the Republic’s core values. Janadas Devan The Straits Times, 22 May 2012 AS EVENTS of the past week have revealed, the divisions between Singaporeans and foreigners, between so-called ‘old’ Singaporeans and ‘new’ Singaporeans, are deep and worrisome. We must take the…..

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