Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161259
Authors: 
Kanbur, Ravi
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10636
Abstract: 
This paper explores the question of structural transformation and income distribution through the eyes of the pioneer in such analysis, Simon Kuznets. It argues that his 1955 paper stands the test of time in providing insights which are relevant to understanding current phenomena like the evolution of Chinese inequality. The paper shows how the Kuznetsian framework can be used, for example, in predicting the differential relationship between urbanization and inequality in India versus China, in assessing the detail of the contribution of sectoral mean and inequality evolution to overall inequality change, and in linking the recent inequality of opportunity literature to rural-urban migration. Thus the original Kuznets framework has the seeds of getting us beyond Kuznets as sometimes (mis)understood in the literature on structural transformation and income distribution.
Subjects: 
Kuznets curve
inequality and development
rural-urban migration
Chinese inequality
place of birth and equality of opportunity
JEL: 
O41
O14
D31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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