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Economic reform, education expansion, and earnings inequality for urban males in China, 1988-2009

Meng, Xin; Shen, Kailing; Xue, Sen


In the past 20 or so years the average real earnings of Chinese urban male workers have increased by 350%. Accompanying this unprecedented growth is a considerable increase in earnings inequality. Between 1988 and 2009 the variance of log earnings increased from 0.28 to 0.54, a 94% increase. Using a unique set of repeated cross-sectional data this paper examines the causes of this increase in earnings inequality. We find that the major changes occurred in the 1990s when the labor market moved...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2012.04.004


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