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Causes of inequalities in China, 1952 to 1999

  • Ajit S. Bhalla

    (Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)

  • Shujie Yao

    (Middlesex University Business School, London, UK)

  • Zongyi Zhang

    (Chongqing University, China)

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    This paper presents a comprehensive picture of inequality in China on the basis of provincial data. It decomposes overall inequalities into intra and inter components. Rural-urban inequality dominated overall inequality in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Meanwhile, in recent years inter-regional inequality has grown rapidly and become an important component of inequality. We find that the pattern of inequality is quite different in the pre-reform and reform periods. Our results show that overall inequality in China is large by international standards and that it has grown worse during the past half century. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 939-955

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