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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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Inequality in China

Inequality in China

(p.422) 69 Inequality in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

John Knight

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses income inequality in China. The topics covered include the two main sources of information on inequality over time: the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the periodic national household surveys of the China Household Income Project (CHIP); the various dimensions and components of income inequality; whether there is regional divergence or convergence over time; and how much concern there is for inequality in China. The chapter concludes that Chinese society is becoming more sophisticated and better informed, and that people's aspirations are rising. The government may need to introduce stronger policies to diminish various dimensions of inequality as a protection against social instability.

Keywords:   Chinese economy, economic inequality, income inequality

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