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The Nexus of Income and Size Distribution of Chinese Cities, 1984 - 2003

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  • Chun- Yu Ho

    () (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Dan Li

    () (Department of Economics, Boston University)

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We estimate the distribution dynamics of city income and size in China during 1984-2003 using stochastic kernel. Our results show that intra-distribution mobility are significant in both income and size and provide evidences on China experienced internal brain drain.

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  • Chun- Yu Ho & Dan Li, 2007. "The Nexus of Income and Size Distribution of Chinese Cities, 1984 - 2003," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2007-040, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2007-040
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    Keywords

    City Income; City Size; Distribution Dynamics; Kernel Density; China;

    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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