E-Learning Series: S4 Social Studies (1)

As part of our efforts to constantly make learning more engaging and impactful to students, we are starting an E-Learning Series on this blog to engage the technologically-savvy generation to contribute their views on pertinent issues in Social Studies. By sharing their answers, students will widen their outlook and at the same time elevate their answering techniques. Our Social Studies Guru Mr Tan will also be on hand to guide students. While this series is targeted at Humanities Hub students, we welcome other students to contribute their answers to this portal if they so wish - but to leave their name and school when writing their answers in the comments below. HH students please leave your name and class together with your answers too.

LIVING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY

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Singapore may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but its GINI coefficient of 0.46 is a worrying problem. The table below shows that real household income growth is the highest among Singaporeans in the bottom 20%. The lowest 10% saw real income

growth of 10.7% on a per household member basis, while the second and third lowest saw growth of 8.3% and 7.2%.

*Source: Infographic from Singapore Department of Statistics

Question

In your opinion, why is the real growth in average household income from work per household for the bottom 20% highest? Explain your answer (in the comment boxes below) using two reasons.

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