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Dr Mathew WONG

Dr Mathew WONG

Associate Professor


Dr Mathew WONG is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Finance at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, masters at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and PhD at the University of Essex. He previously taught at The University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong.

Dr Wong's research interests lie in the fields of political economy and social policy, in particular income inequality, democratic institutions, Asian politics, and well-being. He is particularly interested in understanding the causes and consequences of income inequality, as well as how individuals respond to this phenomenon.

He has published actively in international journals, including Democratisation, European Political Science Review, Government and Opposition, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Social Indicators Research, World Development, among others. He is currently working on projects relating to (i) the politics of income inequality; (ii) the formation of redistributive attitudes; and (iii) comparative East Asian labor policies.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Essex

Research Interests

  • Income inequality
  • Redistribution
  • Welfare policy
  • Political economy
  • Democracy and democratization
  • East Asia


“Income Inequality, Sense of Fairness, and Participation in Democratic Movements: Evidence from Hong Kong.” General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (PI, 2020-22)

Decomposing Between- and Within-group Income Inequality in Hong Kong: Politics, Welfare, and Identity.” Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (PI, 2019-20)

A Survey Experiment on Discontent Among the Youth: Welfare or Politics?” Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (previously the Central Policy Unit), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (PI, 2017-18)


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