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By Kai Sun Kwong, Francis T Lui, Larry Dongxiao Qiu

Financial research of the economic reports of the newly industrialized economies in Asia is usually missing within the literature. This examine makes an attempt to fill that void via delivering an in-depth dialogue at the monetary influence of the commercial rules of Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea within the three-and-a-half a long time after 1960. during the examine, a wide standpoint of macroeconomic improvement is maintained. it really is hugely serious of the narrow-minded target of yes governments in maximizing the velocity of industrialization on the rate of common financial healthiness. A comparative research of the economic studies of the 3 economies additionally exhibits a range of constraints and approaches. Singapore trusted multinational organizations, Taiwan on back engineers, and South Korea on chaebols. There seems to be no Asian formulation for industrialization. In Hong Kong, there's an ongoing debate on even if a few type of commercial coverage can be brought, in view of the belief that Hong Kong is lagging in the back of the opposite economies by way of know-how. Drawing at the stories of the opposite economies, the concluding bankruptcy of the ebook presents an educated and balanced solution to this query.

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Singapore 43 XII. Total Factor Productivity — Why the Big Fuss? Total Factor Productivity (TFP) is an index used commonly in economics to reflect the technology level of a sector or an economy. The concept of technology level here is not the same as that used in the physical sciences. A high-tech industry, say semiconductor, may not show a rapid growth in TFP if resources are not used efficiently and effectively. In the US, the sectors that have shown large increases in TFP are transportation and telecommunications, not due to any scientific breakthrough, but rather because of government deregulation in aviation, trucking, and telephone services.

One consequence is, the pressure on the middle managers is mounting, and the turnover rate increases as a result. For the kind of tasks that EDB engages in, mistakes and failures are inevitable. The failure cases are usually not publicised and it is hard for outsiders to learn from them. A few of these cases are however mentioned in Schein (1996). One case involved a Japanese ship repairer who misled EDB into believing that a new facility would use a high percentage of local output. It turned out that the local content of output was less than 5%.

Clearly, neither the work force participation rate nor the size of the population can grow by any significant margin. Imported short-term labour, and brain gain through overseas recruitment seem to be the only means of labour growth. Capital accumulation is also facing severe limitations. The problem here is the low rate of return to further investment. As Singapore has been investing heavily for decades, and the savings rate is standing at 50%, there are not enough profitable investment projects around locally.

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