Inequality in Singapore is not a new phenomenon; Can Singapore reduce the frictions of seeking help?

Inequality in Singapore is not a new phenomenon.

Data collated by the United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research, shows that the post-independence Gini coefficient in Singapore ranged from 0.42 to 0.46. It has remained close to that range since. Thus, inequality in Singapore has been consistently high, relative to advanced economies in the OECD.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Can Singapore reduce the frictions of seeking help?'. Subscribe