Category Archives: wages

Winners and losers in Hong Kong´s widening wealth gap – Wei Gu

The wealth gap in Hong Kong is widening and WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu explains who are the winners and the losers. That economic disparity has been an underlying ground for the recent protests in Hong Kong, she explains. Real estate en retail belong to the winners, students and workers lose most of the time.

Why China cannot cut its banker´s salaries – Victor Shih

China has announced it will cut salaries of key managers at its state-owned banks. A bad idea, tells political scienist and financial analyst Victor Shih in Businessweek. An exodus of bankers would cause “a big mess”.

Income inequality grows, as economy declines – Sara Hsu

Income inequality is nothing new in China, but as economic growth declines, inequality seems to grow disproportionately, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in Triple Crisis. And that wealth moves abroad, in stead of helping the domestic economy to develop.

Only high unemployment might trigger off real stimulus – Shaun Rein

Figures coming from China, especially recent PMI data look gloomy, but business analyst Shaun Rein does not expect any major stimulus plan soon, he tells in MoneyControl. Only high unemploymency, for example when many graduates cannot find jobs in June, could trigger off a minor stimulus plan.

Being cheap is not enough for Cambodia – Shaun Rein

China has been raising wages over the past decade, and many manufacturers have been contemplating to move to neighboring countries, like Cambodia. But being cheap is not enough for those ASEAN countries to attract production from China, warns author Shaun Rein of The End of Cheap China, in the Phnom Penh Post.

Why rising labor costs won´t drive manufacturers away – Shaun Rein

Wages rise fast in China, on any level, and many manufacturers who came to China for its low labor costs think about leaving. They should think twice, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Business Week, since the financial advances of moving an operation might be disappointing.

Salaries with Chinese characteristics – Shaun Rein

“How much do you earn?” That is one of the surprising questions Chinese strangers can ask you. But they might not only expect a figure, but a conversation, as a salary in China is very complicated feature, explains business analyst Shaun Rein in NPR’s Marketplace.

The insult of shengnu, leftover women – Zhang Lijia

A growing group of well-educated Chinese women have a hard time to find a husband. Shengnu or “leftover” women they are called and author Zhang Lijia explains in The Telegraph why that is a highly insulting description.

Who will employ six million new graduates? – Wang Jianmao

This month China will have six million university graduates more. The world looks at the figure in awe, but the graduates themselves have problem: will they find a job? Professor Wang Jianmao of CEIBS thinks they might, if economic restructuring works out, he tells in The National.

The End of Cheap China – Strait Times review

“Mercifully, The End Of Cheap China is not another academic tome about the most miraculous economic transformation of our times,” writes Andy Mukherjee in a review in the Strait Times about Shaun Rein’s The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that Will Disrupt the World.