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Fast growth, but widening income distribution in China

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Abstract:

Although the growing income inequality taking place in China since the reform and opening‐up has been widely discussed, there has been little empirical evidence based on nationally‐representative surveys and reliable statistical methodologies to describe trends over the past three decades. This chapter discusses the potential bias of existing estimates of income inequality in China and considers how inequality would be affected by the recent changes in labour market and social policies.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-10-01

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