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Title:Income distribution and labour movement in China after WTO membership: A CGE analysis PDF Logo
Authors:Wang, Jiao
Mayes, David
Wan, Guanghua
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/38
Abstract:Using a CGE model, PRCGEM, with an updated 2002 I/O table, this paper explores how earnings will be affected in each of 40 separate industries across 31 regions (or 8 regional blocks) of China for the period 2002–07. Labour movement between regions within China is considered. It is found that the direct contribution of WTO membership is small to the whole economy in terms of growth and development. Real GDP will rise only 6.48 per cent (5.6 per cent) in the pure WTO short-run (long-run) shock. Full economic structure change besides WTO shock makes regional output better-off, especially the coastal regions where the economies are well established. Regional labour movement increases by 69.2 per cent in the long-run closure of full economic structural change during the transition period. When regional labour movement is considered, it is found that the Gini coefficient is slightly decreased.
Subjects:applied CGE modelling
China
WTO
labour movement
inequality
JEL:C68
O18
R12
R23
ISBN:9291907197
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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