Understanding urban wage inequality in China 1988-2008: evidence from quantile analysis

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Author: Appleton, Simon; Song, Lina; Xia, Qingjie


This paper examines change in wage gaps in urban China by estimating quantile regressions on [Chinese Household Income Project surveys] CHIPS data. It applies the Machado and Mata (2005) decomposition, finding sharp increases in inequality from 1988 to 1995 and from 2002 to 2008 largely due to changes in the wage structure. The analysis reports how the returns to education and experience vary across wage quantiles, along with wage differentials by sex and party membership. The role of industrial structure, ownership reform and occupational change are also estimated. In the recent period,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Income; Finance; Equity; Gender; Demographics; Industry

Keywords: Return on education and training; Wage differential; Wage; Wage structure; Urban

Geographic subjects: China; Asia

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2012

Physical description: 34 p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 7101

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 111.105

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