7 Oct 2022
The debate following the dramatic amendment to the Student Loan Fund Act reveals the problem of student loans in relation to wealth inequality, access to education, and the current job market for recent college graduates.
6 Jul 2022
A study by the Centre for Research on Inequality and Social Policy (CRISP) finds that low-income people were heavily affected by the pandemic. Without appropriate support, the lingering damage may slow their recovery more than expected.
4 May 2021
“The rich get infected, the poor be damned” describes the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand, especially now that the disease, starting from the VVIP guests at luxury night clubs, has reached densely-populated communities in Bangkok.
25 Apr 2020
Researchers collecting news reports of suicide cases have found 38 cases related to Covid-19 control policies in April. The cases were related to economic pressures stemming from public health policies in response to the virus. More immediate help and a properly managed resumption of economic activity are needed. Passengers on a bus in Bangkok (File Photo)
20 Dec 2018
Well I never. One Facebook post and some questionable statistics (ultimately from the Bank of Thailand) and suddenly economic equality is the new buzz. Thailand is, according to just one source, Number One in the world for economic inequality. And the powers that be are not happy. Before now, almost every comment on the national economy health and well-being has been couched in terms of GDP. A random sample of recent articles in One Of The Bangkok Newspapers reveals how.
31 Jan 2016
You may not have noticed this, but the escalators on the underground MRT in Bangkok have signs telling you not to walk and to hold onto the handrail. But on the BTS skytrain, they tell you to walk on the left and stand on the right. Certainly the vast majority of passengers seem to be ignoring the signs. This could be the confusion of having different systems in the same city, but I suspect it’s just the regular scoff-law attitude you get round here.
14 Aug 2014
The Criminal Court on Thursday found a taxi driver guilty of lèse majesté based on his conversation with a passenger and sentenced him to two years and six months in jail. The 43-year-old Yuthasak (last name withheld due to privacy concerns), the taxi driver, pleaded guilty before the court, according to iLaw. The topic of the conversation which later landed the driver in jail was inequality in Thai society. In June, the pol
5 May 2014
Anyone who has glanced at the best-seller lists recently might be forgiven for thinking that we’ve suffered a 150-year time warp. Topping the charts is a hefty tome entitled ‘Capital’ by a European political economist.