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Interprovincial inequality in China

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  • Christopher Candelaria
  • Mary C. Daly
  • Galina Hale

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In this Economic Letter, we document the increasing income inequality among Chinese provinces over the past two decades. Our discussion highlights three important facts. First, economic growth has lifted living standards throughout China, with all provinces gaining in absolute terms. Second, economic growth has benefited some provinces more than others, increasing regional income inequality. Third, no single explanation can account for the steady increase in inequality among provinces over time. These observations suggest that China, like many industrialized nations, will continue to struggle to meet its growth goals while distributing the benefits of an expanding economy more equally.

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  • Christopher Candelaria & Mary C. Daly & Galina Hale, 2009. "Interprovincial inequality in China," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue apr10.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2009:i:apr10:n:2009-13
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    1. Yao, Shujie & Zhang, Zongyi, 2001. "On Regional Inequality and Diverging Clubs: A Case Study of Contemporary China," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 466-484, September.
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    1. Christopher Candelaria & Mary C. Daly & Galina Hale, 2009. "Beyond Kuznets: persistent regional inequality in China," Working Paper Series 2009-07, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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    Income distribution ; China;

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