Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180863
Authors: 
Gustafsson, Björn
Ding, Sai
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CHCP Working Paper 2017-18
Abstract: 
This chapter investigates how household income, income inequality, and poverty among urban residents in China have developed since 1988, with an emphasis on the period from 2007 to 2013. We use data from the China Household Income Project (CHIP) to show that during a period when many countries in the West were experiencing stagnating or falling incomes, household incomes in urban China were growing by an average of 7 percent per annum. However, unlike during previous periods, earnings were growing by not more than 3 percent per annum, but pensions and imputed rents of owner-occupied housing were growing more rapidly. The trend whereby fewer persons in urban China have incomes that are lower than the poverty line, expressed as the constant purchasing power, continued between 2007 and 2013. We also show that income growth from 2007 to 2013 was slower in the lower part of the income distribution and thus the trend of increased income inequality in urban China continued. This also applied to the number of people falling below the relative poverty line.
Subjects: 
China
income
income distribution
poverty
JEL: 
D31
O15
P25
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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