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CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
General Certificate of Education
Paper 4 Data Response and Essays (Supplement)
2 hours 15 minutes
READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST
If you have been given an Answer Booklet, follow the instructions on the front cover of the Booklet.
Write your Centre number, candidate number and name on all the work you hand in.
Write in dark blue or black pen on both sides of the paper.
You may use a soft pencil for any diagrams, graphs or rough working.
Do not use staples, paper clips, highlighters, glue or correction fluid.
Answer Question 1 and any two questions from Section B.
At the end of the examination, fasten all your work securely together.
The number of marks is given in brackets [ ] at the end of each question or part question.
You may answer with reference to your own economy or other economies that you have studied where
relevant to the question.
Answer this question.
The following information relates to Singapore’s economic recession of 2001.
20 000 workers to lose their jobs
About 20 000 workers may lose their jobs in 2001, nearly double the number who lost jobs last
year. They will be hit by the economic downturn and the restructuring in some sectors. The figure
is below that of 29 000 which occurred during the crisis of 1998. Job vacancies fell in the last year.
For every 76 jobs available, there were 100 people seeking work. The entry of new graduates into
the job market worsened the situation.
Straits Times 14.7.01
Government package of measures to help businesses, workers and jobs
The recession in the economy has been caused by a fall in external demand, and not an erosion
of Singapore’s cost competitiveness. Therefore, any big boost in government spending would not
help companies increase their business when all their major markets are declining because
growth in the