What’s keeping blue-collar wages low?

Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Associate Professor Davin Chor, from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed the link between foreign workers and local wages. Assoc Prof Chor noted that foreign workers are an important complement to our workforce and opined that it makes sense to monitor their quantity and quality more judiciously to avoid unintended socio-economic consequences. He added that it is equally important to pursue policies designed to re-skill the resident workforce, so that low-wage Singaporeans will continue to play an active role in transforming our economy.

The article is part of a monthly series “Ask: NUS Economists” by the NUS Department of Economics. Each month, a panel will address a topical issue.

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