Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161258
Authors: 
Kanbur, Ravi
Wang, Yue
Zhang, Xiaobo
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10635
Abstract: 
This paper argues that after a quarter century of sharp and sustained increase, Chinese inequality is now plateauing and even turning down. The argument is made using a range of data sources and a range of measures and perspectives on inequality. The evolution of inequality is further examined through decomposition by income source and population subgroups. Preliminary explanations are provided for these trends in terms of shifts in policy and structural transformation of the Chinese economy. The narrative on Chinese inequality now needs to focus on the reasons for this great turnaround.
Subjects: 
Chinese inequality turnaround
inequality data
inequality trends
inequality and structural transformation
harmonious development and government policy
JEL: 
D31
D63
O15
O53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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