Spatial Price Differences in China: Estimates and Implications
Loren Brandt () and
Carsten Holz ()
Development and Comp Systems from University Library of Munich, Germany
Prices differ across space: from province to province, from rural (or urban) areas in one province to rural (or urban) areas in another province, and from rural to urban areas within one province. Systematic differences in prices across a range of goods and services in different localities imply regional differences in the costs of living. If high- income provinces also have high costs of living, and low-income provinces have low costs of living, the use of nominal income measures in explaining such economic outcomes as inequality can lead to misinterpretations. Income should be adjusted for costs of living. We are interested in the sign and magnitude of the adjustments needed, their changes over time, and their impact on economic outcomes in China. In this article, we construct a set of (rural, urban, total) provincial- level spatial price deflators for the years 1984-2002 that can be used to obtain provincial-level income measures adjusted for purchasing power. We provide illustrations of the significant effect of ignoring spatial price differences in the analysis of China's economy.
JEL-codes: D3 D63 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
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Journal Article: Spatial Price Differences in China: Estimates and Implications (2006)
Working Paper: Spatial Price Differences in China: Estimates and Implications (2005)
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