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Globalization and Regional Income Inequality: Empirical evidence from within China

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  • Wan, Guanghua
  • Lu, Ming
  • Chen, Zhao

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China's recent accession to the WTO is expected to accelerate its integration into the world economy, which aggravates concerns over the impact of globalization on the already rising inter-region income inequality in China. This paper discusses China's globalization process and estimates an income generating function, incorporating trade and FDI variables. It then applies the newly developed Shapley value decomposition technique to quantify the contributions of globalization, along with other variables, to regional inequality. It is found that: (a) globalization constitutes a positive and substantial share of regional inequality and the share rises over time; (b) domestic capital, however, emerges as the largest contributor to regional inequality; (c) economic reform characterized by privatization exerts an increasingly significant impact on regional inequality; and (d) the relative contributions of education, location, urbanization and dependency ratio to regional inequality have been declining. Copyright � 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation � International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 2007.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number RP2006/139.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Keywords: globalization; inequality decomposition; Shapley value; China;

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