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

Appleton, Simon and Song, Lina and Xia, Qingjie (2014) Understanding urban wage inequality in China 1988–2008: evidence from quantile analysis. World Development, 62 . pp. 1-13. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

This paper examines change in wage gaps in urban China from 1988 to 2008 by estimating quantile regressions on CHIPS data. It applies the Machado and Mata (2005) decomposition, finding sharp increases in inequality largely due to changes in the wage structure. During 2002–08, changes in the returns to education and experience have been equalizing. However, changes in other categories of wage differential—by sex, occupation, ownership, industrial sector, and province—widened inequality. The gender gap continued to rise, as did the gap between white collar and blue collar workers, and between manufacturing and other sectors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: China; labor; wages; quantile regression; inequality
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.04.005
Depositing User: Liu, Zhenxing
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 15:34
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 18:28
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31900

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