Institution(s): Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy

Date: Feb 19, 2001 (Monday)

Time: 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Venue: Pacific Place Conference Centre (Elbrus Room), 5/F., One Pacific Place

Medium: English

Fee: Free of Charge

Confronted with declining tax revenues, land sales and stamp duties, yet increasing pressure on public spending, the Hong Kong SAR Government has to explore various policy alternatives to maintain our prudent fiscal system. The Symposium will address the principles of fiscal policy, experience with broad-based consumption tax in Singapore, evidence for structural deficits and fiscal burdens of housing policy. Our aim is to contribute to policy debates over the Budget by providing different perspectives and analyses.


Symposium Panel

Prof. Y.C. Richard Wong
Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy

"Fiscal Principles of the HKSAR"

Y.C. Richard Wong is currently Professor of Economics and Director of the School of Business at The University of Hong Kong. His main interest is in the applications of economic analysis to public policy. He served on numerous public bodies and is a member of the Hong Kong Government's Economic Advisory Committee, University Grants Committee, Housing Authority, Services Promotion Strategy Group, and Exchange Fund Advisory Committee.


Professor Linda Low
Department of Business Policy, National University of Singapore

"Singapore's GST: Rationale and Prospects"

Linda Low's areas of research interests include public sector economics and public policy, public enterprises and privatization, social security and retirement, health economics, human resource development and manpower policies, international trade and regionalism, development economics and macroeconomic policies related to Asia Pacific and ASEAN economies. She has consulted for various ministries and agencies in Singapore including United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia Pacific (ESCAP), International Labor Organization (ILO), Asian Development Bank (ADB), ASEAN Secretariat and Commonwealth Secretariat.


Dr. Paul Lau
School of Economics and Finance, The University of Hong Kong

"Examining the Government Budget from an Economic Cycle Perspective"

Paul Lau is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Finance at The University of Hong Kong. His research interests include macroeconomics and time series econometrics. He received his B.Soc.Sc. from The University of Hong Kong, M.S. from London School of Economics, and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Dr. Alan Siu
Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy

"Fiscal Implications of Housing Policy"

Alan Siu is currently Deputy Director of Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy at The University of Hong Kong. He completed his undergraduate work in economics at Brandeis University, and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. His research interests are economics of research and development, productivity growth, technical change and statistical computation.


Mr. Donald Tsang and Dr. Paul Lau
Prof. Liu Pak Wai and Prof. Richard Wong
Mr. Donald Tsang and Prof. Linda Low
Dr. Alan Siu and Guests