Mobility in China

16 Pages Posted: 22 May 2017

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Yi Chen

Nanjing Audit University - School of International Auditing

Frank Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

The evidence on rank and income mobility in China reveals an important change around the year 2000. Using panel data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey we show that rank mobility fell markedly from the decade immediately preceding the millennium to the decade immediately following: in this respect China is becoming noticeably more rigid. By contrast income mobility has carried on increasing; so has income inequality. The simultaneous increase in rigidity and inequality presents China with a challenging policy problem.

Keywords: income distribution, mobility measurement

JEL Classification: D63

Suggested Citation

Chen, Yi and Cowell, Frank A., Mobility in China (June 2017). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 203-218, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2971272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12214

Yi Chen (Contact Author)

Nanjing Audit University - School of International Auditing ( email )

Nanjing, Jiangsu
China

Frank A. Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
+44 (0)171-955 7277 (Phone)
+44 (0)171-242 2357 (Fax)

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