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Costly Posturing: Relative Status, Ceremonies and Early Child Development in China

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  • Chen, Xi
  • Zhang, Xiaobo

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Presenting gifts at funerals, weddings, and other ceremonies held by fellow villagers have been regarded as social norms in Chinese villages for thousands of years. However, it is more burdensome for the poor to take part in these social occasions than fo

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/70.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2012-70

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Keywords: relative social status; squeeze effects; food consumption; stunting; underweight;

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  1. Chen, Xi, 2013. "Relative Deprivation in China," MPRA Paper 48582, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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