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Title:Fifty years of regional inequality in China: A journey through central planning, reform, and openness PDF Logo
Authors:Kanbur, Ravi
Zhang, Xiaobo
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2004/50
Abstract:This paper constructs and analyses a long-run time-series for regional inequality in China from the Communist Revolution to the present. There have been three peaks of inequality in the last fifty years, coinciding with the Great Famine of the late 1950s, the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s, and finally the period of openness and global integration in the late 1990s. Econometric analysis establishes that regional inequality is explained in the different phases by three key policy variables; the ratio of heavy industry to gross output value, the degree of decentralization, and the degree of openness. – inequality ; China ; regional inequality
JEL:D63
O18
P27
ISBN:9291906395
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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