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CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof. Xinhua Gu – “Casino tourism, income inequality, and housing bubbles in Macao ” 蔡繼有書院院長茶聚 – 與顧新華教授探討 “澳門歷史與社會”

Macau is a special city with an unusual role in politics and history. The University of Macau is a center for studying Macau from many perspectives, including political, economic and social developmental.Prof. Xinhua GU is a Professor of Business Economics in the University of Macau. One of his many scholarly interests is the study of economic development of Macau. He also pays a lot of attention to the economic problems in Macau.

At the invitation of Prof. Pong, the Master of Choi Kai Yau College, Prof. GU gives a talk on “Casino tourism, income inequality, and housing bubbles in Macao” in the Master’s Tea series in the evening on 14th of November in the evening. To begin, Prof. GU briefly introduced the economic development of Macau. Then he went deeper into analysising the problems about Macau’s economy. There were 3 main problems about the economic development of Macau, he says . For instance, he points up the side-effects of gaming-biased economic growth, which are(1) VIP-based, gaming-biased, foreign-dominated tourism, (2) income inequality , widening gap in wealth and consumption distributions, and (3) ballooning housing bubbles. These, he says, are sources of social discntent. Prof. GU thinks that analytical studies of these issues will have policy implications for Macau. The government can base its actions on these implications to benefit society.

More than 40 students and some UM academic staff gathered at the Fellows’ Salon of CKYC to listen to Prof.GU. A lively discussion followed. The Master’s Tea came to an end in a most cordial manner.

Prepared by:
Year 2 Choi Kai Yau College student Mr. Ouyang Mingcong

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澳門擁有著不平凡的歷史及政治的地位。澳門大學是一所研究「澳門」的中心,並在多方面對澳門進行分析和探討,例如政治、經濟以及社會發展等等。澳門大學商業經濟系的顧新華教授一直致力於澳門經濟發展方面的研究,而且對澳門與世界的經濟發展問題亦長期表示關注。

顧教授應澳門大學蔡繼有書院龐百騰院長的邀請,於十一月十四日晚上為「蔡繼有書院院長茶聚」系列擔任演講嘉賓,並以「澳門賭場旅遊,收入不平等和住房问題」為題,向參加者闡述澳門的經濟發展上的處境。在開始的部分,顧教授先以簡短的篇幅介紹了澳門的經濟發展上與世界的關係以及情況,然後再一步一步地深入探討澳門的經濟發展上的處境以及種種問題。他集中討論澳門經濟發展存在3個主要問題。顧教授指出遊戲偏向性經濟增長的副作用并舉例,例如,基於VIP,遊戲偏向,以外國為主的旅遊業增長,收入不平等,財富和消費分配的不斷加劇,以及膨脹的房地產泡沫作為一個的社會動蕩的非常根源。談論這三個問題之間的關係。另外,顧教授認為這些正式研究可能允許我們得出對解決問題有用的政策結論。政府可以將其行動建立在這些影響上,以造福社會。

這次茶聚吸引了超過四十位同學及一些校內的教職員前來蔡繼有書院學人廳參與。最後同學及教職員與郝教授進行生動的交流並在一個歡愉的討論氣氛下結束這次活動。

撰寫:
蔡繼有書院二年級學生 歐陽銘聰