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Mainland: Land of opportunity for Hong Kong young people?


Mainland: Land of opportunity for Hong Kong young people?

The Centre released a survey on the ‘Attitudes of Hong Kong Youth towards Seeking Employment in Mainland China’ today that reveals young people’s willingness and factors to consider when seeking employment in mainland China. The survey interviewed 1,001 local young people aged 18 to 29 who have no working experience in the Mainland.


Getting a head start with personality


Many parents are of the same mind that by providing an appropriate early childhood education, their children can enjoy a strong start in their life journey. By making reference to studies by American economist James Joseph Heckman, the Centre’s weekly analysis examines the importance of developing a decent personality at childhood, and ponders on whether the current school admission criteria, and the society’s aspiration of the learning of children may make them get nowhere fast.

Unemployed youth at full employment


At a time when Hong Kong is approaching full employment with its unemployment rate lingering at a 16-year low, the city’s youth unemployment has reached a crisis point. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the issue and discusses the impact of popularisation of tertiary education on youth employment. It also ponders on how an oversupply of highly educated labour force affects the upward mobility of youth in Hong Kong.

Why not take the job?


The Centre looked at the Beveridge Curve for Hong Kong last week to examine the structural changes in the labour market, and the decline in its matching efficiency. The Centre’s weekly analysis for this week discusses the reasons behind such structural changes, and how they may lead to social exclusion.

Students in debt


With the popularisation of tertiary education and the growth of tuition fees, it is not uncommon for university students to apply for loans to support their studies. However, it is worth noting that the number of default cases in repayment of loans has increased in recent years. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into the borrowing and repayment of student loans, and discusses how student debt burdens personal and public finance, and how it affects the development of society.

The story behind full employment


Though the city’s unemployment rate has remained rather stable since 2011, its vacancy rate has gone up. The Centre’s weekly analysis plots a Beveridge Curve for the city by using past employment figures, to help explore the structural problems, if any, in our labour market. Whether Hong Kong could break the bottleneck in the labour market is a topic worth discussing.

Manpower projections and qualifications recognition


The latest Manpower Projection by the Government highlights a severe supply-demand imbalance in the labour market to 2022. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the potential causes of the difference between the projections to 2018 and 2022, by looking into the methodology, industrial demand, as well as the recognition of tertiary education and Qualifications Framework. It also ponders on how Hong Kong could enhance the apprenticeship system.

Unleashing the economic potential of female family carers


The Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre today released an Occasional Paper on ‘Unleashing the economic potential of female family carers’. By analysing statistical data, the Paper examines the impact of personal, family and housing factors on a woman’s decision to participate in the labour market or to be a family carer. It also puts forth recommendations to help unleash the economic potential of female population.

The work never ends


The proposed new rules to ban bosses from calling staff out of office hours in France is the envy of Hong Kong workers. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the possible correlations among income, working hours and living standards by analysing a variety of data. It points out that work-life balance is largely a game of give and take.

Non-local students putting a strain on local educational resources?


The changes in the proportion of students in local universities have stirred up another round of Mainland-Hong Kong conflicts. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines the causes of the changes by looking into figures of local and non-local students in postgraduate programmes, as well as seeking scholars’ views through interviews.