The Rural-Urban Divide: Economic Disparities and Interactions in China

Hardcover | November 4, 1999

byJohn Knight, Lina Song

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This book describes and explains the remarkably large rural-urban divide in economic well-being that exists in China. How did it come about? How is it maintained, in the face of equilibrating market forces? What are the implications for future efficiency and equity in the Chinese economy? The book is divided into five parts: Part 1 introduces the context and scope of the study; Parts 2 and 3 measure and explain the rural-urban divide in income, education, health, and housing, both historically and by means of a household survey; Part 4 analyses the intersectoral movement offactors, both capital flows and the migration of labour; Part 5 ties together the arguments of the work and sets the Chinese experience in the broader context of transition and development economics. The book uses the rigorous analysis and empirical methodology of modern economics. It is primarily aimed at a broad readership of development and transition economists, but China specialists will find much that is of interest.

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This book describes and explains the remarkably large rural-urban divide in economic well-being that exists in China. How did it come about? How is it maintained, in the face of equilibrating market forces? What are the implications for future efficiency and equity in the Chinese economy? The book is divided into five parts: Part 1 ...

John Knight is at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Lina Song is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 4, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198293305

ISBN - 13:9780198293309

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction1. Setting the StagePart II. Rural-Urban Comparisons of Income2. The Rural-Urban Income Divide: Macroeconomics3. The Rural-Urban Income Divide: MicroeconomicsPart III. Rural-Urban Comparisons of Welfare4. Eduaction5. Health6. HousingPart IV. The Movement of Factors7. Rural-Urban Transfer of Capital8. Rural-Urban Migration of Labour: Macroeconomics9. Rural-Urban Migration of Labour: MicroeconomicsPart V. Conclusions10. Precis, Policy, and Perspective

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`This well-organized study ... Both China specialists and development econonmists will welcome this book for its straightforward, rigorous treatment of a critical contemporary issue.' R.P. Gardella, Choice, Jul/Aug.00.