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China's income distribution over time: reasons for rising inequality

  • Wu, Ximing
  • Perloff, Jeffrey M


    (University of California, Berkeley. Dept of agricultural and resource economics and policy)

We estimate China's rural, urban and overall income distributions using grouped data from 1985-2001. We show how the distributions evolve as well as examine trends in welfare indices. We find the growing rural-urban income gap and increases in inequality within either sector have been equally responsible for overall inequality growth.

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Paper provided by University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy in its series CUDARE Working Paper Series with number 0977.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:are:cudare:0977
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