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HUI, Weng Tat

Hui Weng Tat

PhD (Economics) Australian National University

Hui Weng Tat
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 5477
Fax: +65 6779 5397

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Wing B, Level 2, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Hui Weng Tat specialises in the impact of globalisation on labour markets, economic issues of migration, education, ageing and retirement, and labour market policies in Singapore. He has also taught in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore before joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2004. He has acted as a consultant to the Ministry of Manpower, the International Labour Organization, UNCTAD and was the Associate Research Fellow of the then Singapore Institute of Labour Studies from 1991-1994. He has held various appointments which include Deputy Director of the Public Policy Programme (1997 – 1998), Deputy and Acting Head of the Department of Economics (1998 – 2000), Vice Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2000 – 2003) and Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2004 – 2008) at the National University of Singapore.

Research Areas

  • Ageing
  • Globalisation and labour market impact
  • Human capital and migration policy
  • Income inequality
  • Pensions and social security policy
  • Population
  • Singapore labour market

Media Expertise

  • Labour market policy issues


Recent Academic Publications

  • “Economic Growth and Inequality in Singapore: The Case for a Minimum Wage”, International Labour Review, Vol 152, No. 1, (2013), pp. 107-123.
  • “Macroeconomic Trends and Labour Welfare in Singapore: A Focus on Retirement Adequacy” in Kang Soon Hock and Leong Chan-Hoong (eds.) Singapore Perspectives 2012, Singapore Inclusive: Bridging Divides, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing 2012, pp. 37-58.
  • “Trade Liberalization, Labour Demand Shifts and Earnings Inequality in Singapore”, R. Toh,  Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, Volume 24, No.  3, (2012), pp 65-82 .
  • “Foreign Labour and Economic Growth: Policy Options for Singapore”, with A. Hashmi, The Singapore Economic Review, Vol. 52, No. 1 (2007) 53–72
  • “Balancing Employment of Foreigners and Employment for Singaporeans” in A Mahizhnan (ed), Singapore Perspectives 2004, Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2004
  • “Foreign Manpower Policy in Singapore “, in Koh, Lim, Hui, Rao, Chng (eds) Singapore Economy in the 21st Century: Issues and Strategies, McGraw Hill , 2002

Working Papers

  • “Globalization and Income Inequality: Comparative Analysis of Selected Countries”, with R. Toh, July 2013 (in progress).
  • “Utilising FDI to Enhance the Skills Base: Case of Singapore” , 2009, 22 pp

Recent Presentations or Conference Papers

  • ”Growth with Equity in Singapore: Challenges and Prospects”, paper presented at ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Branch (TRAVAIL) Workshop, 13 May 2013, International Labour Office,Geneva.
  • “Building Inclusive Growth: Experience of an Open Economy”, invited presentation at Second Annual IMF-SCID Conference on Emerging Asia on “Asia’s Rebalancing and Global Implications”, Tokyo, 13-14 Sept 2012.
  • Hui, W T, “Wage Inequality and Job Polarisation in Singapore”. IAL Expert Group Seminar (18 May 2012, Insititute of Adult Learning, Singapore)
  • Hui, W T, “Retirement Funding Adequacy in Singapore”. IPS Closed Door Discussion Series on Income Inequality (12 Apr 2012, LKY School, NUS, Singapore)
  • Hui, W T, “Macroeconomic Trends and Labour Welfare: A Focus on Retirement Adequacy”. Singapore Perspectives 2012: Singapore Inclusive Bridging Divides (Invited paper) (16 Jan 2012, Suntec City Convention Centre, Singapore)
  • Hui, W T, “Employment, Unemployment and Economic Growth: Singapore’s Experience”. The 26th Pacific Economic Community Seminar (Invited paper) (13 – 14 Oct 2011, Imperial Hotel Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Hui, W T, “Wages, Inequality and Economic Growth in Singapore”. Conference on Regulating for Decent Work ( 6 – 8 Jul 2011, International Labour Office, Geneva, Singapore)
  • “Quality of Life and Inclusive Growth: The Case of Singapore” presented at Conference on Towards Balanced and Sustainable Growth Strategies for Post-Crisis Asia: A Shifting Paradigm and Challenges, Singapore, 16 August 2010.
  • “Rethinking Singapore Social Safety Net” presented at Singapore Economic Policy Forum, Singapore, 22 October 2010.
  • “Balancing Growth and Equity: Minimum Wage for Singapore” presented at IPS Roundtable on Balancing Growth and Equity: Policy Options”, Singapore, 15 November 2010.
  • “Labour Demand and Supply in Ageing Societies – Preparing for the Future: The Case of Singapore”, presented at Shanghai Forum: Challenges and Strategies for Asia’sSocioeconomic Development (10 – 12 May 2009, Fudan University, Shanghai, China) 

Op-Eds, Policy Briefs

  • “Beware pitfalls on road to better productivity”, Op-ed, The Straits Times, 12 March 2013.
  • “Longer term Retirement Funding Fix Needed”. Op-ed, The Straits Times, 21 February 2012.
  • “Minimum Wage Law Works”, Op-ed, The Straits Times, 2 September 2010


  • PP5403 Economic Foundations for Public Policy
  • PP5101 Economics and Public Policy I
  • PP5105 Public Policy Research and Evaluation
  • PP5288 Labour Market Policy Issues
  • PP5501 Economic Applications for Public Organisations
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