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This paper discusses the unique aspects of Singapore’s financial, exchange rate, and wage policies during the period 1979-86, and attempts to quantify the impact of alternative policies on major macroeconomic variables. For this purpose, a simple short-term model is formulated and estimated, and various policy simulations conducted. It is found that the wage policy pursued by the authorities in the early 1980s played a significant role in influencing output and prices and that an appropriate wage policy is complementary to exchange rate policy in maintaining external competitiveness in Singapore.