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Main Topic: Economic Stimulus Taiwan Style

Hosts: James Stanworth, Clyde Warden

At the start of the 2008 economic downturn, a new president was elected in Taiwan. The new administration undertook an economic stimulus package centering on consumer spending. Rather than reduce taxes or send a tax rebate, Taiwan gave out a stimulus voucher to everyone. The voucher looks like a coupon and can be spent at any retailer in Taiwan. Clyde and James take a look at this interesting fiscal approach. Stimulus Coupon

The mountain area between Taichung and Chunghua is in central Taiwan and presents a great view of Taichung City. You will have to take my word for it since when we got out to shoot, Taichung was covered in smog and the sky was overcast. Here is a view on a clear day, and here is another

At the top of the mountain is a cow farm--actually a tourism spot, so we packed up the gear and drove over to the ranch (here is a blog post about the place). These farm trips are quite popular in Taiwan such as here, another one in Changhua

 There are some very innovative economic ideas here in Asia.

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From Taichung, Stephen, James, and Clyde.
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Vid. 1) Receiving the government issued stimulus cerfiticate.

Vid. 2) Clyde opening his stimulus certificates.

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Bottom Line:

  • Chinese consumers adjust to economic slowdowns quickly due to a tendency to save and economize.
  • In view of the US Bush tax rebates, which seemed to have little direct spending impact, a new fiscal stimulus was sought.
  • The Taiwan government issued a stimulus voucher to each adult in Taiwan (like a gift certificate).
  • The total was 3600 each person--to be picked up in public distribution centers, and later at the post office.
  • Local retailers offered sale prices that came close to the voucher amount.
  • In Asia, economic innovation is creative and interesting.
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