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CHIA Ngee Choon


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Joint)
  • Department of Economics, National University of Singapore (Primary)

Research Areas:

  • Public Finance
  • Ageing
  • Health Economics

Teaching Areas:

  • Public Finance, Public Economics
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Health Economics

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Western Ontario, 1991
  • MA, University of Western Ontario, 1985
  • BSocSc (Hons), National University of Singapore, 1983


  • NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award AY2011-12
  • NUS Faculty Excellent Teacher Award, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015

Career History:

  • Associate Professor, NUS 2002 - present
  • Senior Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, NUS, 1983 – 2002

Administrative Leadership:

  • Deputy Head (Teaching), Department of Economics, August 2016 - present
  • Co-Director, Next Age Institute, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS, 2014 - present
  • Director, Singapore Center for Applied Policy Economics, August 2017 – present
  • Assistant Head, Department of Economics, August 2015- July 2016
  • Deputy Head, Department of Economics, August 2008 – July 2012

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • World Bank: Construction of Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and a Computable General Equilibrium model for social policy analyses in Cote d'Ivoire, 1990 -1992.
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Regional Office, Singapore: Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), Motor vehicle tax and environment, 1994.
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC): MIMAP (Microeconomics impacts of Macroeconomics Adjustment Program) for Vietnam, 1996
  • Asian Development Bank: Resource person for Tax Conference and Training Workshop on Taxation, 1995 - 2002.
  • Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo: Private-public partnership in healthcare delivery and financing, 2000
  • ERIA (Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia) - research projects on social protection and social security in Singapore, 2010.
  • ERIA (Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia) – Restructuring the Payout Phase in a Defined Contribution Scheme in High Income Countries
  • Temasek Holdings: Probability modeling and home reversion product, 2004
  • Central Provident Fund Board: Adequacy of retirement savings, 2005 – 2006
  • Ministry of Manpower: Adequacy of Singapore's Central Provident Fund Payouts: Income Replacement Rates of Entrant Workers, 2012

Selected Publications:

  • "A General Equilibrium-Based Social Policy Model for Cote d'Ivoire", (with S. Wahba and J. Whalley) Poverty and Social Policy Series, Paper No.2, The World Bank, Washington, October 1992, 86 pp.
  • "The Tax Treatment of Financial Intermediation", (with J. Whalley), Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 1999, 31(4), 704-19
  • "A Numerical Example Showing Globally Welfare-Worsening Liberalization of International Trade in Banking Services", (with J Whalley), Journal of Policy Modeling, 1997, 19(2),119-127
  • "Life Annuities of Compulsory Savings and Income Adequacy of the Elderly in Singapore," (with A. Tsui), Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2003, 2(1), 41-65
  • "Medical Savings Accounts in Singapore: How much is adequate?" (with A. Tsui), Journal of Health Economics, 2005, 24(5), 855-875
  • "Singapore Chronicles: Central Provident Fund." Straits Times Press and Institute of Policy Studies, 2016. 107 pp.
  • "Nexus between Housing and Pension Policies in Singapore: Measuring Retirement Adequacy of the Central Provident Fund." (with A. Tsui), Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, February 2018, pp 1-27
  • "Using the Stochastic Health State Function to Forecast Healthcare Demand and Healthcare Financing: Evidence from Singapore." (with Loh SP), Review of Development Economics 2018:1-24.

Op-ed Writings:

  • How to nudge couples to have more kids " (with Chia Han Mae), The Straits Times, Opinion, 26 September 2018
  • "The Singapore way of calculating budget balances", The Straits Times, Opinion, 3 March 2018
  • Train network's growth a plus for home prices", (with Hysen Lim), The Straits Times, Opinion, 01 November 2017
  • "Set maximum sum for CPF members", The Straits Times, Opinion, 20 December 2014
  • "Uniquely Singapore way to fund needs", The Straits Times, Opinion, 27 February 2014
  • "How progressive is the new tax structure?", The Straits Times, Opinion, 28 February 2013
  • "Taxing issue of corporate tax incentives", Straits Times, Review, 9 October 2010


Associate Professor
Tel (65) 6516 6020
Email ecscnc@nus.edu.sg


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