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An accompanying podcast to socialservice.sg, a bi-monthly newsletter on social service research in Singapore for researchers, practitioners, and the general public.

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An accompanying podcast to socialservice.sg, a bi-monthly newsletter on social service research in Singapore for researchers, practitioners, and the general public.

Cover art photo by Jack Lin on Unsplash.

    The minimum wage, the Progressive Wage Model, and low-wage labour in Singapore (A conversation with Prof. Linda Lim)

    The minimum wage, the Progressive Wage Model, and low-wage labour in Singapore (A conversation with Prof. Linda Lim)

    Throughout GE2020 and in its aftermath, the minimum wage and the Progressive Wage Model - or the PWM - have emerged as key policy proposals, even if the discourse is not new. At least five opposition parties have proposed a minimum wage or a living wage, and in response the ruling party promised to extend the PWM to more industries, beyond the cleaning, security, and landscape sectors. A central concern, nevertheless, is the persistence of poor wages for low-income Singaporeans.

    Today, we speak to economist Professor Linda Lim of the University of Michigan, understanding and comparing the minimum wage and Singapore's PWM (both described as "second-best policies"), addressing common objections to the minimum wage, as well as concluding on the challenge of low-wage labour. Prof. Lim's research focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business in South East Asia. She is also one of the editors of Academia.SG, a website maintained by a group of Singaporean academics to promote Singapore studies and to encourage critical debate about the state of intellectual life in Singapore.


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    Five takeaways from #GE2020, in five minutes and five words: Mandate, leader, consolidation, COVID-19, weathering

    Five takeaways from #GE2020, in five minutes and five words: Mandate, leader, consolidation, COVID-19, weathering

    The Nine Days is a socialservice.sg podcast covering the 2020 general election in Singapore (#GE2020), through daily five-minute news summaries, conversations with young voters, and interviews with academics and experts.

    A day after Polling Day, this is a special episode of the five takeaways from GE2020, in five minutes and five words: Mandate, leader, consolidation, COVID-19, and weathering.


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    #GE2020 Silver Linings in a Post-GE2020 Singapore (Day 09)

    #GE2020 Silver Linings in a Post-GE2020 Singapore (Day 09)

    The Nine Days is a socialservice.sg podcast covering the 2020 general election in Singapore (#GE2020), through daily five-minute news summaries, conversations with young voters, and interviews with academics and experts.

    It’s Day 9 of GE2020, the eve of Cooling-Off Day, Silver Linings in a Post-GE2020 Singapore.


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    #GE2020 “It's a damp squib”: An assessment of the GE2020 campaign (Veteran journalist Bertha Henson)

    #GE2020 “It's a damp squib”: An assessment of the GE2020 campaign (Veteran journalist Bertha Henson)

    In “What can we learn?”, we chat with academics and experts to understand the election through more analytical lenses.

    Three weeks ago, I asked veteran journalist Bertha Henson about her experience of reporting an election and the election issues to which she is paying attention. Today, on the eve of Cooling-Off Day, we ask her how GE2020 compares to past general elections, how she’s been following the election, as well as what she thought of the overall campaign.


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    • 19 min
    #GE2020 The Sengkang Spotlight (Day 08): Sengkang GRC as a microcosm of GE2020

    #GE2020 The Sengkang Spotlight (Day 08): Sengkang GRC as a microcosm of GE2020

    The Nine Days is a socialservice.sg podcast covering the 2020 general election in Singapore (#GE2020), through daily five-minute news summaries, conversations with young voters, and interviews with academics and experts.

    It’s Day 8 of GE2020, The Sengkang Spotlight. In five minutes, hear about how Sengkang GRC is a microcosm of the GE2020 campaign.


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    #GE2020 The Issues, Please? (Day 07): Two days to get the campaign back on substantive track; the ruling party campaigns for a mandate

    #GE2020 The Issues, Please? (Day 07): Two days to get the campaign back on substantive track; the ruling party campaigns for a mandate

    The Nine Days is a socialservice.sg podcast covering the 2020 general election in Singapore (#GE2020), through daily five-minute news summaries, conversations with young voters, and interviews with academics and experts.

    It’s Day 7 of GE2020, The Issues, Please?. In five minutes, hear about how Singaporeans are clamouring for the campaign to focus on more substantive issues, and the ruling PAP's continued campaign for a strong mandate.


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