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Income and Wealth Inequality and the Life Cycle: A Non-parametric Analysis for China

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This paper uses the techniques of non-parametric density and regression estimation to estimate the Chinese age/income and age/wealth distributions, using survey data relating to 1987. Although there is evidence of a clear life-cycle profile of income earning and wealth accumulation, the results suggest that only a small part of observed inequality can be explained by life-cycle factors. This finding contradicts the results of some other researchers. Copyright 1993 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Pudney, Stephen, 1993. "Income and Wealth Inequality and the Life Cycle: A Non-parametric Analysis for China," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(3), pages 249-276, July-Sept.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:8:y:1993:i:3:p:249-76
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