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A Spatial Analysis of Wages and Incomes in Urban China: Divergent Means, Convergent Inequality

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  • Knight, J.
  • Shi, L.
  • Renwei, Z.

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Two interesting results are obtained from CASS national household surveys of 1988 and 1995. First, there was a tendency for intra-provincial inequality in both earnings per worker and household income per capita not only to rise in each province but also to converge across provinces. Second, there was a tendency for both province mean earnings per worker and household mean incomes per capita not only to rise in each province but also to diverge across provinces. The paper is concerned to establish these patterns and then to explain them.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 99209.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:99209

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Keywords: WAGES ; INCOME ; CHINA;

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  1. Sylvie Démurger & Martin Fournier & Li Shi & Wei Zhong, 2006. "Economic liberalization with rising segmentation on China’s urban labor market," Working Papers 46, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Enriqueta Camps, 2009. "Globalization and culture shaping the gender gap: A comparative analysis of urban Latin America and East Asia (1970 - 2000)," Economics Working Papers 1145, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  3. Knight, John & Shi, Li & Renwei, Zhao, 2004. "Divergent Means and Convergent Inequality of Incomes among the Provinces and Cities of Urban China," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  4. Gordon Anderson & Oliver Linton & Yoon-Jae Whang, 2009. "Nonparametric Estimation of a Polarization Measure," STICERD - Econometrics Paper Series /2009/534, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.
  5. Deng Quheng & Li Shi, 2009. "What Lies behind Rising Earnings Inequality in Urban China? Regression-based Decompositions," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd08-021, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  6. Reuter & Ulrich, 2004. "The Effects of Intraregional Disparities on Regional Development in China: Inequality Decomposition and Panel-Data Analysis," Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings 716, Econometric Society.
  7. Jorg Scheibe, 2003. "The Chinese Output Gap During the Reform Period 1978-2002," Economics Series Working Papers 179, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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