Rising Inequality in China: Challenges to a Harmonious Society (Hardback)
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Rising Inequality in China: Challenges to a Harmonious Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 425 Pages / Published: 31/10/2013
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This book, a sequel to Inequality and Public Policy in China (2008), examines the evolution of inequality in China from 2002 to 2007, a period when the new 'harmonious society' development strategy was adopted under Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. It fills a gap in knowledge about the outcomes of this development strategy for equity and inequality. Drawing on original information collected from the recent two waves of nationwide household surveys conducted by the China Household Income Project, this book provides a detailed overview of recent trends in income inequality and cutting-edge analysis of key factors underlying such trends. Topics covered include inequality in education, changes in homeownership and the distribution of housing wealth, the evolution of the migrant labor market, disparities between public and non-public sectors, patterns of work and non-work, gender, ethnicity, and the impacts of public policies such as reforms in taxation and social welfare programs.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107002913
Number of pages: 425
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Inequality - in incomes, in education, in opportunities - is one of the most important issues that China will have to deal with in the coming decades. This work edited by Li, Sato, and Sicular is the definitive book on China's inequality. Based on high-quality data and careful analysis and clear presentation, we see that the challenge of dealing with inequality today and in the coming years is great indeed.' Scott Rozelle, Stanford University
'China's leaders keep pledging to rein in rising inequality. Yet this timely volume, in which leading economists report the results of the latest round of a series of first-rate China household income surveys (covering the period 2002-7), shows that the gaps between rich and poor continue to widen. Whether it involves access to education, anti-poverty programs, gender gaps in wages, the role of taxation, or trends in the urban-rural income gap, there is rich evidence and thoughtful analysis offered here on the complex challenges China still faces in trying to make its economic development more equitable.' Martin Whyte, Harvard University
'... the book does exactly what it sets out to do: that is, to thoroughly assess inequality in China across a wide range of dimensions. To this end, [it] is crammed with insights that, if emphasized and pursued further, offer potential starting points for exciting new research.' Dimitar D. Gueorguiev, Pacific Affairs

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