The Cost of Living in China: Implications for Inequality and Poverty
Ingvild Almås () and
Åshild Auglænd Johnsen ()
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Åshild Auglænd Johnsen: University of Stavanger, Postal: Norway
No 06/2013, Memorandum from Oslo University, Department of Economics
China’s economic development in recent decades has been tremendous, but subject to debate. This paper calculates regional prices that make incomes comparable across both time and space using the Engel-curve approach. Incomes are adjusted using these price indices, providing new estimates of inequality and poverty development. Our findings contrast with measures based on the official consumer price indices (CPIs) – in a time characterized by high economic growth, we find a larger increase in inequality and a more moderate poverty reduction than what is indicated by the CPI-adjusted measures.
Keywords: China; Poverty; Inequality; CPI (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 E31 F01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
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Working Paper: The cost of living in China: Implications for inequality and poverty (2012)
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