Research Papers Published in 1998-1999

Research Report
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  • Research Report

    Report No. Research Report Completion Date
    RP01/98-99 Matters Relating to the Opening of the New Airport at Chek Lap Kok

    This research aims to identify and summarize major issues and problem areas associated with the preparation, management and operation of the New Airport at Chek Lap Kok, which commenced operation on 6 July 1998. The major issues/areas studied include infrastructure, passenger services, air cargo services, and operation of the New Airport.
    16 July 1998
    RP02/98-99 Hong Kong's Ties with Neighbouring Jurisdictions

    The research provides facts and figures in terms of foreign trade, external investment in Hong Kong, tourism, banking and cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and the neighbouring jurisdictions in Asia Pacific, which are Mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand.
    7 September 1998
    RP03/98-99 The Channels for Redressing Grievances in Hong Kong and in Overseas Countries

    This research studies the operation of the grievance redress channels in the legislatures of Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It describes the characteristics of the grievance redress systems in these legislatures, and compares and analyzes their redress channels.
    19 October 1998
    RP04/98-99 Child Support Agencies in Overseas Countries

    This research examines the experience of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States in operating child support agencies. It covers the structure and operation, functions and powers, and effectiveness of the child support agencies in these selected places.
    7 December 1998
    RP05/98-99 The Measurement of Unemployment and Underemployment

    This research discusses the international standards on measuring employment, unemployment, underemployment, and economically inactive population, and examines the experience of measuring unemployment and underemployment in Hong Kong. It covers an overview of the international standards on labour statistics, the survey methodology and definitions of statistical terms used by the Hong Kong Government, and the controversy over unemployment and underemployment statistics.
    4 February 1999
    RP06/98-99 Compensation Mechanism for Shop Operators Affected by Construction Projects in Major Overseas Cities

    This research studies the compensation mechanism for shop operators affected by construction projects in selected cities, namely London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Perth, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei. It covers the determination of compensation, measures to mitigate the impact on shop operators affected by construction and relevant court cases.
    15 February 1999
    RP07/98-99 Food Safety Control and Environmental Hygiene in the US and the UK

    This research studies the systems for food safety control and environmental hygiene in the United States and the United Kingdom. It covers the relationship between the authorities and advisory bodies relating to food safety control and environmental hygiene, the mechanism of implementing food safety control and environmental hygiene, and management of crisis.
    18 May 1999
    RP08/98-99 Minimum Wage Systems

    This research examines the experiences of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, in implementing the minimum wage systems. It covers: (a) historical development and coverage of the minimum wage systems, (b) process of determining the minimum wages, (c) minimum wage levels and characteristics of minimum wage workers, (d) enforcement and penal provisions, and (e) studies on the impact of minimum wage changes on the level of employment, poverty, income distribution, inflation and competitiveness of the economy.
    20 May 1999
    RP09/98-99 Supplementary Information on Child Support Agencies in Overseas Countries

    This research provides supplementary information to the research paper entitled "Child Support Agencies in Overseas Countries" (RP04/98-99). It outlines the main areas covered in the reviews of the child support schemes in the four overseas places studied, namely Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    31 May 1999
    RP10/98-99 Housing Standards of Private Dwellings

    This research analyzes the housing standards of private dwellings, including the living space, living density and minimum facilities standards, implemented in the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. The relevant standards imposed in Hong Kong are also covered.
    29 June 1999
    RP11/98-99 Y2K Liability Legislation: Overseas Experience

    This research examines the legislative efforts of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada in resolving Y2K liability. Y2K liability legislation refers to legislation which seeks to establish certain procedures for civil actions brought for damages relating to the failure of any computer or related device or system or process that deal with the transition from the year 1999 to the year 2000 (Y2K).
    9 July 1999
    RP12/98-99 Health Care Expenditure and Financing in Singapore

    This research discusses the health care expenditure and financing arrangements in Singapore. It covers the key features of the health care system, development of the healthcare financing arrangements and financing methods.
    9 July 1999
    RP13/98-99 Licensing of Food Premises

    This research studies the licensing system of food premises in Hong Kong and major cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan. It covers the mechanism for application and issue of licences of food premises and liquor licences.
    23 July 1999
    RP14/98-99 A Comparison Between the "Harvard Proposal" and Other Health Care Financing Models

    This research compares the key features of the Harvard proposal on health care financing with Hong Kong's current system and the financing systems of five selected places, namely Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also analyzes the impact of the Harvard proposal on the financial sustainability of Hong Kong's health care system and its cost-benefit.
    28 July 1999
    RP15/98-99 China Light and Power Black Point Project: The Government's Monitoring of Electricity Supply Companies

    China Light and Power ("CLP") was given approval for developing additional power generating facilities at Black Point in 1992. This research provides information on the considerations taken into account by the Government in assessing CLP's demand forecasts in 1992 when granting such approval. It also covers CLP's purchase and sale of electricity, and participation in the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station Project.
    28 September 1999

    Information Note

    Note No.
    Information Note Completion Date
    IN1/98-99 Relocation of the Manufacturing Sector Outside Hong Kong in the 1980s and the Early 1990s May 1999
    IN2/98-99 Profile of Employed Persons Who Earned Less Than HK$8,000 a Month 15 July 1999
    IN3/98-99* Considerations Taken into Account by the Administration in Assessing CLP's Demand Forecasts in 1992 revised on
    23 September 1999
    IN4/98-99* CLP's Participation in the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station Project 20 September 1999
    IN5/98-99* Purchase and Sale of Electricity of China Light and Power 24 September 1999

    * finally integrated as the research report RP15/98-99