Income Inequality in the People's Republic of China and Its Decomposition: 1990-2004

18 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2017

See all articles by Tun Lin

Tun Lin

Asian Development Bank - East Asia Department

Terry Johnson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Damaris Yarcia

Asian Development Bank

Fen Lin

City University of Hong Kong

Date Written: February 28, 2008

Abstract

This paper estimates income inequality in the People’s Republic of China at the national, regional, and provincial levels using extrapolated unit-level household income data covering urban and rural populations of 23 provinces during 1990–2004. The estimates indicate that income inequality increased significantly during the last two decades, but the extent of the increases was lower than reported in most sources by about 20 percent when regional differences in cost of living are adjusted. The major sources of the increases in inequality were found to be within urban inequality and between urban and rural inequality, with their contribution increasing, respectively, from 15.7 and 12.0 percent in 1990, to 34.0 and 30.4 percent in 2004. The betweenregion and between-province inequality only accounted for 3.8 and 11.2 percent, respectively, in 2004.

Suggested Citation

Lin, Tun and Johnson, Terry and Yarcia, Damaris and Lin, Fen, Income Inequality in the People's Republic of China and Its Decomposition: 1990-2004 (February 28, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2925201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2925201

Tun Lin

Asian Development Bank - East Asia Department ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Terry Johnson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Damaris Yarcia

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Fen Lin (Contact Author)

City University of Hong Kong ( email )

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
17
Abstract Views
191
PlumX Metrics