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2020

From sashimi to Toyota: How currency changes affect S'poreans
Mr Chua Yeow Hwee and Mr Dave Chia Guo Cong, The Straits Times, Opinion, ,15 September, 2020

Immigration - a fraught issue that deserves closer study
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, ,23 July, 2020

The small constituency effect and WP factor: What statistical analysis says about PAP performance at the polls
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, ,14 July, 2020

How can S’pore reduce its reliance on foreign labour?
Prof Ivan Png & Prof Hui Kai Lung (HKUST), The Straits Times, Opinion, ,08 May, 2020

Coronavirus Report – Part 68:Speculates on Future of Chinese Economy (Japanese Version)
Associate Professor Albert Hu, The Chemical Daily,Opinion, 07 May & 28 April, 2020

How can we tell if women are discriminated against in the labour market?
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 21 March 2020

2019

"How to increase productivity? Change the rule book"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, , 15 November, 2019

"What economics predicts about pre-school fees after subsidies"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 3 October, 2019

"Tuition has ballooned to a S$1.4b industry in Singapore. Should we be concerned?"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, Today, Opinion, 12 September, 2019

"Traffic lights v roundabouts"
Prof Ivan Png,The Straits Times, Opinion, 16 August, 2019

"“New scoring system for Foundation level may dampen motivation"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 29 July, 2019

"Gig workers, foreign workforce may be well served by digital banks"
Mr Chua Yeow Hwee, The Straits Times, Opinion, 19 July, 2019

"Fixation on academic qualifications will be hard to break"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 5 June, 2019

"How commuting times affect HDB flat prices"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer and Assoc Prof Liu Haoming, The Straits Times, Opinion, 9 April, 2019

"Single-sex schools linked to better student performance"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 16 March, 2019

"Revisions to copyright law have far-reaching implications"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 23 January, 2019

2018

"Productivity, not trade, explains shift from manufacturing to services"
Dr Chen Chaoran, The Straits Times, Opinion, 21 December, 2018

"Boost fertility? Nudge educated women to marry, and marry young"
Assoc Prof Tilak Abeysinghe, The Straits Times, Opinion, 30 November, 2018

"Ensuring poorer kids don’t feel marginalised in top schools"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 29 November, 2018

"Reducing class size is good, but mind the costs"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 24 October, 2018

"Government matchmaking programmes need a rethink to get singles to mingle"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 20 October, 2018

"Tweaks for a better ride-hailing market"
Dr Timothy Wong & Professor Julian Wright, The Straits Times, Opinion,17 October, 2018

"How to nudge couples to have more kids "
Assoc Prof Chia Ngee Choon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 26 September, 2018

"Determining the optimal subsidy for public transport"
Dr Timothy Wong, The Straits Times, Ask: NUS Economists, 20 July, 2018

"Productivity decline linked to high temperatures"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer, The Straits Times, Opinion, 20 June, 2018

" When poor children in school don’t dream big"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 9 June, 2018

"Why banning tuition will only make things worse"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 May, 2018

"Why more women in East Asia are not marrying"
Assoc Prof Jessica Pan, The Straits Times, Opinion, 18 April, 2018

"The Singapore way of calculating budget balances"
Assoc Prof Chia Ngee Choon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 3 March, 2018

"Impact of Progressive Wage Model"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 28 February, 2018

"Taxing CPF, SRS savings could raise $1b"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 12 January, 2018

"Green Mark Awards and property prices"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer, The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 January, 2018

"Superstition, ostentation and property prices"
Assoc Prof Liu Hao Ming and Asst Prof Song Chang Cheng, Lianhe Zaobao,07 January, 2018

2017

"The haze’s effects on cognition"
Professor Chew Soo Hong, The Straits Times, Opinion,13 December, 2017

"Don’t be hasty in dismissing private university degrees"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 28 November, 2017

"Understanding gender effects of teacher-student interactions"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 24 November, 2017

"Train network’s growth a plus for home prices"
Assoc Prof Chia Ngee Choon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 01 November, 2017

"Charging for plastic bags may have unintended costs "
Prof Ivan Png, Department of Strategy and Policy at NUS Business School, The Straits Times, 06 October, Opinion, 2017

"The globalisation of marriage markets"
Ms Li Wenchao, PhD student and Dr Yi Junjian, The Straits Times, Opinion, 12 July, 2017

"Immigrants outdo native students in studies"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 14 June, 2017

"S’pore research: Key is access to info"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, 07 June, Opinion, 2017

"The impact of crowdedness on housing prices"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer, The Straits Times, Opinion, 17 May, 2017

"Dynamic pricing in the new economy: Data up for grabs"
Mr Chua Yeow Hwee, The Straits Times, Opinion, 12 April, 2017

"How to decide whether to get a degree or start work"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 March, 2017

"The pros and cons of US withdrawal from TPP"
Assoc Prof Shin Jang-Sup, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 February, 2017

"Which industries are vulnerable to the ‘sharing economy’?"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 February, 2017

"Three Tools for Young Investors"
Mr Chua Yeow Hwee, The Business Times, 23 January, 2017

"How students’ aspirations exacerbate social inequality"
Dr Nina Guyon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 11 January, 2017

2016

"The geopolitics of populism"
Prof Danny Quah, Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics, The Straits Times, Opinion, 12 December, 2016

"Kids with tuition fare worse"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 December, 2016

"The economic roots of Trump’s win over Clinton"
Assoc Prof Shin Jang-Sup, The Straits Times, Opinion, 26 November, 2016

"Fee guidelines for healthcare helpful, but won’t curb costs"
Dr Ko Chiu Yu, The Straits Times, Opinion, 09 November, 2016

"Should S’pore stop its red-light camera programme?"
Dr Timothy Wong, The Straits Times, Opinion, 12 October, 2016

"Why it’s so difficult to get a cab"
Assoc Prof Jessica Pan, Today, 06 October, 2016

"Four ways to raise productivity"
Professor Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 20 September, 2016

"Measuring the gains of expanding the MRT system"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer and Assoc Prof Liu Haoming, The Straits Times, Opinion, 14 September, 2016

"A more equal voting system needed in greying Singapore"
Dr Sng Tuan Hwee, The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 August, 2016

"Mixed effects on pupils of different abilities"
Dr Kelvin Seah, The Straits Times, Opinion, 27 July 2016

"Behavioural change can drive sustainability"
Professor Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 20 July 2016

"Is the highest-ranked school the right one for your child"
Dr Roland Cheo, The Straits Times, Opinion, 13 July 2016

"Productivity is not just a numbers game"
Mr Chua Yeow Hee, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 June 2016

"Looking good pays off - in dollars and cents"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng , The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 May 2016
"How elders' savings alter support ratio"
Assoc Prof Tilak Abeysinghe , The Straits Times, Opinion, 13 April 2016

"Evaluating whether policies are cost-effective"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 09 March 2016

"Gauging impact of immigrant students"
Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 February 2016

"Will China impose a tax to deter yuan speculation?"
Assoc Prof Shin Jang-Sup, The Straits Times, Opinion, 13 January 2016

2015

"How long would you hold on for a car?"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer and Assoc Prof Serene Tan, The Straits Times, Opinion, 07 October 2015

"TPP raises spectre of higher drug prices"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 09 September 2015

"Chinese yuan is no longer undervalued"
Dr Ma Lin,The Straits Times,12 August 2015

"'Vulture’ versus chaebol in Korea"
Assoc Prof Shin Jang-Sup,The Business Times,16 July 2015

"Making healthy transport policies"
Assoc Prof Alberto Salvo and Dr He Jiaxiu, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 July 2015

"The impact of housing credit on personal bankruptcy"
Prof Sumit Agarwal and Dr Song Changcheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 04 July 2015

"When monetary rewards fail to motivate workers"
Dr Slesh Anand Shrestha, The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 June 2015

"Rags to rags, riches to riches"
Dr Ong EeCheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 13 May 2015

"In defence of academic research"
Dr Aamir R. Hashmi, The Straits Times, Opinion, 15 April 2015

"Using property prices to guide climate change policies"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer, Assoc Prof Liu Haoming and Assoc Prof Alberto Salvo, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 April 2015

"Paying for that surge in Budget spending"
Mr Chan Kok Hoe, The Straits Times, Opinion, 26 February 2015

"PIC: Move from subsidy to root cause"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 17 February 2015

"The power of compounding confounds"
Dr Song Changcheng, The Straits Times, Opinion, 11 February 2015

"CPF reform: Nudge people to make optimal choices"
Prof Sumit Agarwal, The Straits Times, Opinion, 09 February 2015

"Savings fund won't help foreign workers"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 14 January 2015

2014

"Is Uber taking us for a ride?"
Prof Sumit Agarwal, Today, 22 December 2014

"Set maximum sum for CPF members"
Assoc Prof Chia Ngee Choon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 20 December 2014

"Patent law and the secret to success"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 10 December 2014

"Empowering foreign domestic workers"
Dr Slesh Anand Shrestha, The Straits Times, Opinion, 19 November 2014

"Expanding access to elite education"
Dr Nina Guyon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 October 2014

"Puzzling behaviour of S'poreans at 55"
Prof Sumit Agarwal, Dr Jessica Pan & Dr Wenlan Qian, The Straits Times, Opinion, 11 September 2014

"The dollars and economic sense of Cupid agencies"
Dr Elisabetta Gentile, The Straits Times, Opinion, 30 August 2014

"Same product, different city, different price"
Assoc Prof Davin Chor, The Straits Times, Opinion, 03 July 2014

"Multilateral approach to tackling haze still apt"
Assoc Prof Alberto Salvo, The Straits Times, Opinion, 05 June 2014

"Musculoskeletal patients face highest risk of large hospital bills: Study"
Assoc Prof Tilak Abeysinghe , Today, 13 May 2014

"GDP still relevant in assessing well-being"
Assoc Prof Suresh De Mel, The Straits Times, Opinion, 08 May 2014

"Towards a world class transport system"
Professor Ivan Png, Today, 28 April 2014

"Traffic congestion affects commuting costs which impact on housing prices"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer & Assoc Prof Liu Haoming, The Straits Times, Opinion, 03 April 2014

"Uniquely Singapore way to fund needs"
Assoc Prof Chia Ngee Choon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 27 February 2014

"Budget 2014: A macro view"
Dr Chan Kok Hoe, The Straits Times, Opinion, 26 February 2014

"Gauging the real value of increase in investments"
Prof Basant K Kapur, The Straits Times, Opinion, 06 February 2014

"Construction noise? Power bill goes up"
Assoc Prof Sumit Agarwal, The Straits Times, Home, 27 January 2014

"Meeting needs of the lower-middle income"
Assoc Prof Chia Ngee Choon & Assoc Prof Albert Tsui, The Business Times, 13 January 2014

"What's keeping blue-collar wages low?"
Assoc Prof Davin Chor, The Straits Times, Opinion, 02 January 2014

2013

"Move focus from  car ownership to usage"
Prof Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 05 December 2013

"Levelling up public transport service quality"
Assoc Prof Anthony Chin, The Straits Times, Opinion, 07 November 2013

"Capital controls work - at times"
Assoc Prof Aditya Goenka, The Straits Times, Opinion, 18 October 2013

"Being personally responsible is key in preventive care"
Assoc Prof Tilak Abeysinghe, The Straits Times, Opinion, 16 September 2013

"Why similar firms choose to locate close to each other"
Dr Eric Fesselmeyer, The Straits Times, 01 August 2013

"Raising productivity through wage rises"
Assoc Prof Liu Haoming, The Straits Times, 04 July 2013

"Use the law to fight haze"
Professor Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 21 June 2013

"Govt rebates: Spend or save?"
Assoc Prof Sumit Agarwal, The Straits Times, Opinion, 06 June 2013

"The Singapore recipe for sustaining itself"
Dr Lee Soo Ann, The Straits Times ,04 May 2013

"Superstition and housing prices in Singapore"
Assoc Prof Wong Wei Kang, The Straits Times ,02 May 2013

"Sustainable transport needs new thinking"
Assoc Prof Anthony Chin, The Straits Times,16 April 2013

"LSE professor: Singapore needs to be prudent in dealing with growth of the world economy shifting eastward"
Prof Danny Quah, Lianhe Zaobao, 05 April 2013

"The neuroeconomics of risk-taking and gambling"
Prof Chew Soo Hong and Asst Prof Zhong Songfa, The Straits Times,Opinion 4 April 2013

"What we can do to clean up our act"
Professor Ivan Png, The Straits Times, Opinion, 22 March 2013

"The rise and rise of women in higher education" Dr 
Jessica Pan, The Straits Times, Opinion, 7 March 2013

"How progressive is the new tax structure?"
Dr Chia Ngee Choon, The Straits Times, Opinion, 28 February 2013

"Wither Singapore's Trade Surplus?"
Mr Chan Kok Hoe, The Straits Times, Opinion, 7 February 2013

"Move beyond economics to boost fertiility"
Assoc Prof Tilak Abeysinghe, Straits Times, Review, 25 January 2013