Language : English
Published : 2018-01-10
Pages : 288
Have you ever wondered whether individuals born in the year of the Dragon are truly blessed? Or why you can’t find a taxi when you need one? What about the effects of superstitious beliefs on housing prices? Kiasunomics©explores these issues and more in a series of stories through the lens of Teng, the protagonist of this book. Told in a conversational story-telling style yet grounded on rigorous research, the book explains the influences and outcomes of the decisions we make, using simple economic logic.
The book follows the life journey of Teng from birth to adulthood how seemingly innocuous decisions bear economic consequences on his life. It starts with the decision by Teng’s parents to have him as a Dragon baby and shows how this decision affects not only his education but also his career and spending in the long term. The grown-up Teng in later chapters, is a taxi driver who learns that the daily budgeting of finances from many of his taxi-driving friends has proven to be poor financial planning. The story also shows how his purchase of a flat based on superstitious beliefs, and its location near a primary school and a Mass Rapid Transit station influences prices, and with some surprising results.
This book touches the man on the street with issues that many Singaporeans can identify with. These include how Singaporeans’ shopping in Johor affects their spending and savings; how different shoppers respond variedly to predictable promotions such as the Great Singapore Sale; how the haze or a mere nearby construction site affects water and electricity consumption; how playing golf elevates women’s opportunities to sit on corporate boards; how Singaporeans’ travel patterns are affected by their opinion towards public transportation; and how retirement poses financial challenges in silver years. These and many more are unravelled in the 20 stand-alone chapters through the authors’ application of their research findings to day-to-day issues.
Kiasunomics© brings to light that research can be made relevant to our daily living. Research helps us make sense of what we do and with that, we can learn to make better decisions for a smarter thinking nation.
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Examples of current events from Australia and New Zealand help explain how discussions on the role of the government can affect the economy. Microeconomics Principles and Practice is concerned with concepts and understanding, which sets it apart from competitor texts.
Written by Emeritus Professor LIM Chong-Yah, Founding Chairman of the tripartite National Wages Council (NWC), this unique volume offers readers an insider’s view of the genesis and the evolution of the wage determination mechanism and system in Singapore under the aegis of the NWC. As a tripartite body dealing with wages, wage policies and wage-related matters and promoting Growth with Equity, the NWC played a critical role in transforming industrial relations in Singapore from the then confrontational approach to that of mutual understanding, esprit de corps and social co-partnership. Drawing from his 30-year experience as NWC Chairman (1972-2001), Singapore’s eminent Economics Professor shares with readers the important process and problems of seeking equitable wage increases through tripartite consensus based on a yearly national wage guideline system. The book also chronicles the role of the NWC in crisis management in 1974, 1985 and 1998, and in Economic Restructuring, 1979-1981. The structure and operation of this unique Singapore institution and the interesting problems of securing unanimity of support from the three tripartite partners are revealed in the book. Some important NWC personalities and their concerns and unique contributions are interestingly covered, anecdotally.
Readership: Undergraduates, postgraduates and general public who have a keen interest in labour economics and industrial relations.
In line with changes to the Economics syllabus whereby Microeconomics and Macroeconomics are currently taught as separate subjects, the topics in the book relevant to these two areas have been clearly demarcated. Also, to reflect the wider coverage of each topic in the new syllabus, the existing contents have been revised.
Part 1 Microeconomics
- Chapter 1. Introduction to Economics
- Chapter 2. Theories of Demand and Supply
- Chapter 3. Market Equilibrum
- Chapter 4. Consumer Behaviour
- Chapter 5. Elasticity of Demand and Supply
- Chapter 6. Theory of Production and Production Costs
- Chapter 7. Market Structures
Part 2 Macroeconomics
- Chapter 8. Introduction to Macroeconimcs*
- Chapter 9. National Income Accounting
- Chapter 10. National Income Equilibrium
- Chapter 11. Economic Functions and Government Policy*
- Chapter 12. Money and Banking
- Chapter 13. Macroeconomic Problem (Business Cycle, Unemployment and Inflation)
- Chapter 14. International Trade*
- Chapter 15. International Finance*
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