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The hidden costs of tax incentives


In recent years, the Government has deviated from its norm in tax practices to provide tax incentives for certain industries. While tax incentives may be able to bring in business opportunities at a seemingly low cost, society needs to be aware of their less-obvious costs and drawbacks.

Making government data available to all


‘Government openness’ was considered relatively less satisfactory among the ten aspects of the rule of law in Hong Kong, according to the latest survey released by the Centre. What should the Government do to enhance data quality assurance in order to maintain the rule of law and bring about effective governance in Hong Kong?

Survey on public perceptions towards the rule of law in Hong Kong


Amid a growing public concern over the rule of law in Hong Kong, the Centre commissioned the CUHK to conduct a survey to gain a better understanding of public opinion on this subject. To assess and analyse public opinion in a rational and evidence-based manner, the survey gauges public views on the rule of law from four perspectives and 10 different aspects of the implementation of the rule of law.

Fake meat: Can it comply with food safety standards?


As people become more health-conscious, they realise excessive meat consumption contributes to a number of health issues and environmental problems. In recent years, scientists have been working on alternatives to meat. Are these alternatives considered as ‘real meat’ by consumers? Will they bring any hidden food safety concerns?

Are zero-cost index funds the future of pensions?


Index funds have been lowering their investment fees in recent years, resulting in a relatively pricey management fee of certain pension funds. Is index fund the safest place to stash retirement savings?

Refining Government’s interaction with netizens


The Government has been using social media to engage with the public. One of the examples is CE Carrie Lam’s attempt to use Facebook Live as one of the channels to conduct public consultation for her upcoming Policy Address. However, major social media platforms have their limitations on gauging public views. Apart from using these platforms, the Government may need to explore other online channels to enhance communications with netizens.

Will regional integration intensify gambling activities?


A survey revealed that Hongkongers have been spending more on Macau casino wagering in recent years. Behind the move towards regional integration, it may make it more difficult to identify cross-border problem gamblers. As such, what can be done to reduce the impact of gambling activities?