Understanding Inequality And Poverty In China: Methods and Applications

Hardcover | March 15, 2008

byGuanghua WanEditorGuanghua Guanghua

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The ongoing campaign of ‘western development’ launched in 1999 and the recent Chinese government initiative of ‘building a harmonious society’ highlight the urgency and significance of analyzing inequality and poverty. Prominent contributors from China and around the world explore trends of inequality and poverty in China, identify their causes and assess their consequences. Issues explored within this volume include regional/personal variation in incomes, measures of human wellbeing – such as health and education – the gap between the coastal regions (which have strongly benefited from the expansion of China’s exports) and the interior regions, and urban–rural disparity. This volume also examines the impact that a variety of different factors have had in determining inequality and poverty and their dynamics. Factors examined include resource endowment, location (including proximity to major transport links such as coastal ports), historical differences in the pace of economic development, the uneven impact of economic reform and imbalance in the provision of economic and social infrastructure.

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The ongoing campaign of ‘western development’ launched in 1999 and the recent Chinese government initiative of ‘building a harmonious society’ highlight the urgency and significance of analyzing inequality and poverty. Prominent contributors from China and around the world explore trends of inequality and poverty in China, identify the...

GUANGHUA WAN is a Senior Research Fellow and Project Director at UNU-WIDER. Previously, he taught econometrics and development economics at the University of New England and the University of Sydney. He is an honorary professor at several leading universities in China and a prolific researcher - with over fifty analytical papers in re...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 7.44 × 5.58 × 0.94 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230538045

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Table of Contents

Preface; G.Wan
Globalization and Regional Inequality in China: Evidence from within China; G.Wan, M.Lu & Z.Chen
The Urban-Rural Gap and Income Inequality in China; T.Sicular, Y.Ximing, B.Gustafsson & L.Shi
Financial Development and Income Inequality in Rural China, 1991-2000; Z.Liang
Regional Income Inequality in Rural China 1985-2002: Trend, Causes and Policy Implications; G.Wan
Human Capital and Wage Determination in Different Ownerships 1989-1997; X.Chunbing
Income, Income Inequality, and Health: Evidence from China; H.Li & Y.Zhu
Social Benefits in Urban China: Determinants and Impact on Income Inequality in 1988 and 2002; Q.Gao
China Urban Poverty and its Contributing Factors, 1986-2000; X.Meng, R.Gregory & G.Wan
Poverty, Pro-Poor Growth and Mobility: A Decomposition Framework with Application to China; Y.Zhang & G.Wan

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"The miraculous economic growth in China has, since the mid-1980s, been accompanied by rapidly rising inequality. This is slowing down poverty reduction and is tearing at China’s social fabric. Understanding the causes and implications of this rising inequality is thus critical. This volume provides the most up to date and thorough empirical analyses of these crucial issues by leading China scholars. It should be required reading for China scholars as well as policy-makers trying to address this worrying rise in inequality." —Stephan Klasen, Professor of Economics, University of Göttingen; Director, Courant Center ‘Poverty, Equity, and Growth in Developing and Transition Countries’; Editor, The Review of Income and Wealth "The book gathers a fascinating collection of articles on various aspects of income inequality and poverty in China. This is applied economics at its best, with essential policy implications for the fastest growing economy in the world for the past quarter of a century."—Jacques Silber, Bar-Ilan University, Israel; Founder and Former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality