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Title:Globalization and regional income inequality: Empirical evidence from within China PDF Logo
Authors:Wan, Guanghua
Lu, Ming
Chen, Zhao
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/139
Abstract:China’s recent accession to the WTO is expected to accelerate its integration into the world economy, which aggravates concerns over the impact of globalization on the already rising inter-regional income inequality in China. This paper discusses China’s globalization process and estimates an income generating function, incorporating trade and FDI variables. It then applies the newly developed Shapley value decomposition technique to quantify the contributions of globalization, along with other variables, to regional inequality. It is found that (a) globalization constitutes a positive and substantial share of regional inequality and the share rises over time; (b) domestic capital, however, emerges as the largest contributor to regional inequality; (c) economic reform characterized by privatization exerts an increasingly significant impact on regional inequality; and (d) the relative contributions of education, location, urbanization and dependency ratio to regional inequality have been declining. – globalization ; inequality decomposition ; Shapley value ; China
JEL:C31
F2
R12
ISBN:9291909238
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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