Economic Society of Singapore

Singapore Economic Policy Forum 2016

Singapore Economic Policy Forum 2016

The Singapore economy faces several headwinds in its medium-term future arising from slower growth, a demographic transition, and disruptive technology. This Forum aims to identify policy designs that will place Singapore on pathways that will keep it remaining economically dynamic and inclusive in the face of these headwinds. Organised jointly by the Economic Society of Singapore and Singapore Management University (SMU), the 9th  Singapore Economic Policy Forum will feature presentations by SMU economists followed by discussions by other thought-leaders to explore the “Pathways Towards Economic Dynamism and Inclusion: Lessons and Challenges for Singapore”.

 

Opening Remarks 

 

Professor Euston Quah

President

Economic Society of Singapore

 

 

Keynote Speech 

 

Mr Ng Chee Meng

Acting Minister for Education (Schools) &Senior Minister of State for Transport

 

Outstanding Economics Teacher Award 2016 Finalists

(Left to Right)

 

Mr Richard Bong, Senior Teacher (Economics), Nanyang Junior College

Mdm Saadiah Bte Abdullah, Lead Teacher (Economics), Serangoon Junior College

Minister Ng Chee Meng

Prof Euston Quah

Mr. Tan Kay Song, Head (Economics), River Valley High School

Mdm Tan Dai Hwee, Lead Teacher (Economics), Anderson Junior College

Ms Chan Siew Hong, Level Head (Economics), Jurong Junior College

 

Outstanding Economics Teacher Award 2016 Winners

(Left to Right)

 

Minister Ng Chee Meng, 

Ms Deborah How, Head (Arts), Hwa Chong Institution,

Mdm Rahimah Bte Salim, Lead Teacher (Economics) Anglo-Chinese Junior College,

Professor Euston Quah

 

Morning Sessions Chaired by: 

 

Professor Ng Yew Kwang

Winsemius Professor in Economics

Nanyang Technological University

 

Session 1“Future of the Singapore economy: What are the challenges and what to do about them? “

 

Professor Hoon Hian Teck

Professor of Economics and Associate Dean

School of Economics

Singapore Management University

 

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Discussant: 

 

Francis Tan

Economist, Global Economics and Markets Research

United Overseas Bank

 

Session 2:“Re-thinking some organising principles of urban life in Singapore”

 

Associate Professor Hsu Wen-Tai

Associate Professor of Economics

School of Economics

Singapore Management University

 

 

 

Discussant: 

 

Associate Professor Lu Yi,

Associate Professor

Department of Economics

National University of Singapore

 

Session 3:  

 

Tackling disruptive technology in the financial sector: Are Singapore government incentives and labour force preparation adequate? 

 

Associate Professor Tan Swee Liang

Associate Professor of Economics (Practice)

School of Economics and Director of the Centre for Teaching Excellence

Singapore Management University

 

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Discussant:  

 

Selena Ling

Head of Treasury Research & Strategy

OCBC Bank

 

Afternoon Sessions Chaired by:

 

Dr. Walter Edgar Theseira

Senior Lecturer of Economics

SIM University

(Center)

 

Session 4:  

 

“The provision and design of social safety nets in Singapore: What is optimal and sustainable?” 

 

Associate Professor Ho Kong Weng

Associate Professor of Economics (Education)

School of Economics

Singapore Management University

 

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Discussant:  

 

Associate Professor Randolph Tan

Associate Professor, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Research

SIM University

 

Session 5:

 

 Is Singapore’s exchange-rate policy framework still adequate to maintain price stability? 

 

Professor Chow Hwee Kwan

Professor of Economics and Statistics (Practice),

School of Economics

Singapore Management University

 

Dr. Xie Taojun

Research Fellow at the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics

Singapore Management University

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Discussant: 

 

Associate Professor Peter Wilson,

Adjunct Faculty

Singapore Management University