S’pore has ‘avoided income stagnation’ (Home, Page B6)

Friday, 27 May 2016

 The Straits Times

This was a report on the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification & Mobility (RC28) Conference, which is hosted by the Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 26 to 28 May 2016. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is also Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, delivered the opening address at the conference which is held in Singapore and Southeast Asia for the first time.

DPM Tharman noted that Singapore is doing relatively well when it comes to the ability of the next generation to do better than their elders. He added that it has avoided income stagnation for the low- and middle-income groups so far, and low-income families here have outperformed their peers elsewhere. At the three-day conference at NUS University Town, attended by 250 academics from over 30 countries, he dwelt on various strategies in education and housing that countries including Singapore – which has adopted many of them – can look at to preserve social movement within society.

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