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Catching Up or Falling Behind? Income Distribution of Chinese Cities

Chun-Yu Ho () and Dan Li ()

No WP2007-22, Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from Boston University - Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper analyzes the evolution of Chinese urban income distribution across space and time in post-reform era. Our results suggest no evidence on income convergence across cities during the period 1984-2003. We find that cities with comparable income level are likely to be co-located in the same region; further, cities tend to mirror the mobility of their counterparts located in the same province, but not the same region. The divergence in urban income across the nation will continue if the current economic growth pattern persists in the future.

Keywords: City Income Distribution; Convergence; Markov Process; Spatial Dependence; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 O18 R12 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28pages
Date: 2007-03
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