Spatial Inequality in Education and Health Care in China
Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
A member of the CGIAR Consortium - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4136
While increasing income inequality in China has been commented on and studied extensively, relatively little analysis is available on inequality in other dimensions of human development. Using data from different sources, this Paper presents some basic facts on the evolution of spatial inequalities in education and healthcare in China over the long run. In the era of economic reforms, as the foundations of education and healthcare provision have changed, so has the distribution of illiteracy and infant mortality. Across provinces and within provinces, between rural and urban areas and within rural and urban areas, social inequalities have increased substantially since the reforms began.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Illiteracy, infant mortality rate, spatial inequality in China, polarization
JEL Classification: D63, O15, O18working papers series
Date posted: January 19, 2004
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