Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180861
Authors: 
Hoken, Hisatoshi
Sato, Hiroshi
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CHCP Working Paper 2017-16
Abstract: 
This study examines the long-term changes in the distribution of rural income in China from the late 1980s until the mid-2010s. The major findings are summarized as follows. First, contrasting trends are found in the contributions of agricultural income and wage earnings, which reflect the structural changes in rural income caused by the dual processes of economic development and systemic transition during the post-Mao era. Second, inequality in wealth is found to have become increasingly important for understanding rural inequality. Third, small but substantial improvements are found in the redistributive and poverty impacts of public transfers before and after implementation of the pro-rural public policies during the first decade of this century, representing a historical reversal in the long-term urban-biased public policy in contemporary China.
Subjects: 
rural inequality
inequality decomposition
public transfers
public policy
China
JEL: 
D31
H23
O15
P25
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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