Trends in income inequality in China: The effects of various sources of income

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The Chinese economy has grown rapidly since 1949. Economic growth was much faster during the reform period (from 1978) than in the pre-reform period. Economic success (especially during the reform period) has attracted increased interest among academic researchers and policy-makers. Along with its remarkable growth performance, China has experienced steadily increasing income inequality. The literature has identified that the coastal-inland development gap and the rural-urban divide are the main ingredients of overall inequality in China. According to Huang and Lao (2009), the urban to rural household per capita income ratio increased from 2.2 times in late 1980s to 3.2 times in 2004.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic and policy developments in East Asia
EditorsNoel Gaston
Place of PublicationAbington, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315764795
ISBN (Print)9781138788565
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

First published in Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 18(2), 304-317.


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