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Wednesday October 9th 2019

Singaporean studied Phd overseas because NUS rejected him based on age

Hi Gilbert

I am a Singaporean who is now a matured student in the University of Toronto. I am not an economics student though I maintain keen interest in economics. I think you are doing a fabulous service with your transition website. (I am 48 if you were wondering).

In fact, one reason why I need to go overseas for my eventual PhD is that NUS rejected me on age alone, all those years ago. And I said I am prepared to pay full fees, and not be subsidised. Nope, I am too old.

Optimisation involves a view of the future, and my view of the future is that of greater income inequality as a global phenomena etc. I think of it this way…in the 70s, many Taiwanese left Taiwan, for US but many wanted to and have returned. It is similar with many of the Non – Resident Indians, though Indians I think feel different from their “citizens” whether because of hang-over from caste whatever, I do not know.

What is happening in Singapore pains me a lot, because income inequality increase unfortunately afflicts those in the middle the most. Many government policies result in this difference being exaggerated. As I keep telling everyone, it is because people are not equal in output that we cannot have a winner take all society.

I am very interested in the foreigner issue in Singapore, and maintain 2 blogs.

Immigration/productivity/employment is an important issue to me. I write about this on my blog off and on, though I am not as focused as you are. Personally, though I cannot prove it, the flood (everything is in the details) of foreigners in a short while to Singapore has changed Singapore irrevocably, and a very short sighted policy.

I love the Filipino service at the 24=hour Hans in Buona Vista, but please, Singaporeans can do that job. As a Singaporean, I would rather be served by a grumpy Singapore Uncle/Auntie. When I was in Singapore up till Jul 2010, I took the MRT, and the number of foreigners is not a joke. Foreigners have also distorted HDB prices and the job market forever. I am not interested in politics, but I am interested in policy. To me, a big change in policy which Singapore feels now was the 1992 HDB upgrading and led to HDB being a political price instrument instead of a home. Prices took off after that. Ditto HDB BTO etc, issues I have written about.

I am writing to ask if you have data on the PMET situation, especially in connection with foreigners. Immigrants in Toronto do not do that well, but there is a lot to be learnt from the Canadian experience. In fact, the income of graduate immigrants here have fallen.

In the US, I know where the productivity went, but that is the subject matter of a future blog post.

Regards,

Choo

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