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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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Regional divergence

Regional divergence

(p.509) 84 Regional divergence
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Kai-yuen Tsui

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the persistence of regional disparities in China. Empirical evidence on long-term regional convergence shows that the quest for redress in regional imbalances remains elusive. The oscillation in regional inequality is linked to China’s evolving institutional landscape. Despite their raison d’être evaporating, the persistence of some pre-reform institutions such as the household registration system (Hukou) has continued to be in the spotlight, not least because of its alleged impact on interjurisdictional factors and resource mobility and thus regional convergence.

Keywords:   regional disparities, inequality, economic disparities, regional convergence

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