Economic Transition and Subjective Poverty in Urban China

17 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2006

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John A. Bishop

East Carolina University - College of Business

Feijun Luo

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Xi Pan

University of Kentucky

Abstract

Market-oriented economic reforms have substantially changed the Chinese economy. A policy of "allowing some to get rich earlier" clearly has benefited some regions of the country more than others. The purpose of this paper is to investigate changes in regional urban poverty during this period of policy transition. Our approach is based on survey responses to minimum needs (i.e., the "subjective method"). For the richest (Coast) and poorest regions (North West) we find unambiguous declines in poverty between 1988 and 1995 for the registered population. For the Central and South West regions we find that changes in poverty over time are sensitive to both the poverty line selected and the poverty index employed.

Suggested Citation

Bishop, John A. and Luo, Feijun and Pan, Xi, Economic Transition and Subjective Poverty in Urban China. Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 625-641, December 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4991.2006.00209.x

John A. Bishop (Contact Author)

East Carolina University - College of Business ( email )

Department of Economics
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Feijun Luo

East Carolina University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Greenville, NC 27858
United States

Xi Pan

University of Kentucky ( email )

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United States
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