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Public Economics Programme Discussion Paper
Mobility in China
Yi Chen and Frank A Cowell
April 2013
Paper No' PEP 18:
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JEL Classification: D63

Tags: mobility measurement; income distribution

We examine the evidence on rank and income mobility in China during the decades immediately preceding and immediately following the millennium using panel data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey. We show that rank mobility changed markedly over the period: in this respect China is becoming markedly more rigid. By contrast income mobility has carried on increasing; so has income inequality.