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2022/09/21 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economic Slowdown (Part 2): Taiwan’s High Profit Margins Mask Its Slow Economic Growth

Taiwan’s high profits are eating into labor’s share of the economic pie — and hampering growth.

2022/09/07 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economic Slowdown (Part 1): Taiwan’s Wages Are Growing Too Slowly to Allow Profits Grow

Taiwan’s issue isn’t that consumer prices are growing too quickly. It’s that wages are growing too slowly.

2022/08/24 | Roy Ngerng

What Singapore’s 377A Repeal Is About: Entrenching the PAP’s Conservative Rule

Behind the facade of an advance for the LGBT community in Singapore is an attempt to shore up both a homophobic agenda and the ruling People’s Action Party’s rule.

2022/07/19 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 3): Taiwan’s Economy and Profits Have Stagnated Because Wages Have Not Recovered from the 1997 Crisis

The 1997 Asian financial crisis is a distant memory to most countries. But Taiwan hasn’t fully recovered from it because wages have been kept low.

2022/02/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Adequate for Its Cost of Living

Taiwan’s low minimum wage has contributed to half of workers earning less than what they need to have a basic standard of living.

2022/02/11 | Roy Ngerng

Lithuania’s Minimum Wage Is More Adequate for Its Cost of Living Than Taiwan’s

Though lower in nominal terms, Lithuania’s minimum wage is more adequate for its cost of living than Taiwan’s, and catching up fast.

2022/02/09 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage is One of the Lowest In Its League

Taiwan is a wealthy country. Its recently instituted minimum wage hike does not compare favorably with its international counterparts.

2022/01/13 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Are Increasing Prices To Earn Higher Profits

Average consumers will take a hit, while businesses will continue to earn high profits from the recent price increases.

2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.

2021/10/28 | Roy Ngerng

10 Misconceptions About Raising the Minimum Wage in Taiwan

Don’t believe the fearmongers. A low minimum wage is a political choice, not an economic necessity.

2021/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

On Minimum Wages, Singapore Is Playing Catch Up

Singapore’s government recently agreed to long overdue increases in the minimum wage for cleaners. By many standards, it is far from sufficient.

2021/06/11 | Brian Hioe

The KMT’s Twitter is a Dumpster Fire

Taiwan’s main opposition party, the KMT, accused Singaporean dissident Roy Ngerng of being an “extreme white supremacist” on Twitter. Patently false and absurd as it is, the charge adheres to the logic of a moribund institution.