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Rising Inequality in China
Challenges to a Harmonious Society


Li Shi, Hiroshi Sato, Terry Sicular, Luo Chuliang, Yue Ximing, John Knight, Deng Quheng, Björn Gustafsson, Ding Sai, Yang Juan, Sylvie Démurger, Xu Jing, Song Jin, Samuel L. Myers, Jr
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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107002913


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  • This book, a sequel to Inequality and Public Policy in China (2008), examines the evolution of inequality in China from 2002 to 2007, a period when the new “harmonious society” development strategy was adopted under Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. It fills a gap in knowledge about the outcomes of this development strategy for equity and inequality. Drawing on original information collected from the recent two waves of nationwide household surveys conducted by the China Household Income Project, this book provides a detailed overview of recent trends in income inequality and cutting-edge analysis of key factors underlying such trends. Topics covered include inequality in education, changes in homeownership and the distribution of housing wealth, the evolution of the migrant labor market, disparities between public and non-public sectors, patterns of work and non-work, gender and ethnic gaps, and the impacts of public policies such as reforms in taxation and social welfare programs.

    • Provides a rigorous analysis of recent trends in income inequality and poverty in China
    • The newest report of findings from the ongoing China Household Income Project (CHIP) household surveys started in the late 1980s
    • Of interest to general readers and policy analysts, as well as cutting-edge analysis of interest to specialists
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107002913
    • length: 425 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 55 b/w illus. 163 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: rising inequality in China Li Shi, Hiroshi Sato and Terry Sicular
    2. Overview: income inequality and poverty in China, 2002–7 Li Shi, Luo Chuliang and Terry Sicular
    3. Housing ownership, incomes, and inequality in China, 2002–7 Hiroshi Sato, Terry Sicular and Yue Ximing
    4. Educational inequality in China: the intergenerational dimension John Knight, Terry Sicular and Yue Ximing
    5. Inequality and poverty in rural China Luo Chuliang and Terry Sicular
    6. The evolution of the migrant labor market in China, 2002–7 John Knight, Deng Quheng and Li Shi
    7. A new episode of increased urban income inequality in China Deng Quheng and Björn Gustafsson
    8. Unemployment and the rising number of non-workers in urban China: causes and distributional consequences Björn Gustafsson and Ding Sai
    9. Do employees in the public sector still enjoy earnings advantages? Yang Juan, Sylvie Démurger and Li Shi
    10. Redistributive impacts of personal income tax in urban China Xu Jing and Yue Ximing
    11. Changes in the gender wage gap in urban China, 1995–2007 Li Shi and Song Jin
    12. Inter-temporal changes in ethnic urban earnings disparities in China Ding Sai, Li Shi and Samuel L. Myers, Jr
    Appendix I. The 2007 household surveys: sampling methods and data description Luo Chuliang, Li Shi, Terry Sicular, Deng Quheng and Yue Ximing
    Appendix II. The 2002 and 2007 CHIP surveys: sampling, weights, and combining the urban, rural, and migrant samples Song Jin, Terry Sicular and Yue Ximing.

  • Editors

    Shi Li, Beijing Normal University

    Hiroshi Sato, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

    Terry Sicular, University of Western Ontario


    Li Shi, Hiroshi Sato, Terry Sicular, Luo Chuliang, Yue Ximing, John Knight, Deng Quheng, Björn Gustafsson, Ding Sai, Yang Juan, Sylvie Démurger, Xu Jing, Song Jin, Samuel L. Myers, Jr

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