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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54770
Doc. No:TL24724
Call number:‭3314074‬
Main Entry:Kam Wing Siu
Title & Author:Public interest and policy in energy and banking industriesKam Wing Siu
College:Boston University
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:96
Abstract:Globalization of economic activities and advances in technology are continuously shaping the relationship between governments, regulatory bodies and private sectors. In facing such changes, governments and regulatory bodies have to reconsider their economic policies. In my dissertation, I am examining this aspect in three industries that are related to public interests. Chapter One focuses on the banking industry. Using Indonesian data from 1997 to 2003, I studied how lending activities of banks responded differently to changes in monetary policies. The results show that better access to funding sources, other than bank deposits, reduced the magnitude of response from banks. The results implied that globalization of the financial market and participation of foreign banks could weaken the function of the central bank, and provide policy guidelines on bank licensing and any decision to open a domestic market to foreign banks. Chapter Two focuses on the electricity industry. A stable supply of electricity is crucial for production activities and daily living. Using Hong Kong data from 1966 to 2002, I found a long-run equilibrium relationship between electricity consumption and GDP, and a causal effect from electricity consumption to GDP. In addition, the outflow of manufacturing activities to China created a structural change in the relationship. In my opinion, the Hong Kong government should have taken into account the significant impact of electricity consumption on GDP, and should have emphasized the stable electricity supply in the current negotiation of new regulations with the electricity companies. Chapter Three studies obesity. The obesity rate in United States rose sharply after the 1980s. An obese population not only reduces the productivity of the labor force but also puts heavy pressure on healthcare cost. In addition to advances in food processing technology and drops in food prices, I study a socially-influenced preference for physical fitness as a potential explanation of the rapid growth of obesity. This has important implications for the magnitude and timing of taxation on weight-enhancing food.
Subject:Social sciences; Banking; Electricity consumption; Electricity industry; Energy; Obesity; Public interest; Economics; Studies; Public policy; Banking industry; 0501:Economics
Added Entry:C.-t. A. Ma
Added Entry:Boston University