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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China$
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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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Relative deprivation in China

Relative deprivation in China

(p.406) 66 Relative deprivation in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Xi Chen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines key measures of relative deprivation (RD) and empirical findings in China. It also discusses some of the most pressing policy issues with regard to RD. RD, also known as relative poverty, refers to the discontent people feel when they compare their position to others and realize that others in the group possess something that they do not have. RD is important to Chinese people and is also a pressing issue for China following its three decade unprecedented economic growth accompanied by high levels of inequality. The relevance of RD to analyses of social competition is also considered.

Keywords:   relative poverty, Chinese society, social aspects, relative deprivation

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