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Income inequality in China: causes and policy responses

Zhou, Yixiao; Song, Ligang


The phenomenal economic growth in China has been accompanied by a rapid increase in income inequality. This paper reviews the historical trends and patterns of income inequality in China, discusses the potential causes underlying rising income inequality, and applies the functional distribution of income approach in understanding China’s income inequality. This analytical approach highlights how rising return to capital relative to wage incomes can be an important source for increasing income...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: China Economic Journal
DOI: 10.1080/17538963.2016.1168203


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