publication . External research report . Other literature type . Preprint . Article . 2010

The Chinese Economy and Income Inequality among East Asian Countries

Sumie Sato; Mototsugu Fukushige;
  • Published: 01 Feb 2010 Journal: Discussion Papers In Economics And Business, volume 10-06
  • Publisher: Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) Osaka University
Using the Atkinson inequality measure of income distribution, we analyze the impact of China as a single country and examine the effect of its domestic income inequality on total income inequality among East Asian countries. First, we find that China's domestic income inequality exacerbated income inequality among East Asian countries from the 1980s, and this effect became even more pronounced from 1990. Second, the growth of China's per capita GDP had an equalizing effect on income distribution in a framework of ASEAN + China, but this effect was reversed around 1997. However, relative to higher income countries such as Japan and South Korea, China's per capita...
free text keywords: East Asia, China, income inequality, free trade agreement, harmonious society, jel:O15, jel:D31, jel:F43, General Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Cultural Studies, Sociology and Political Science, Net national income, East Asia, Income distribution, Income inequality metrics, Total personal income, Gross domestic income, Economics, Economic inequality, Development economics, Atkinson index
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