Dynamics of the gender earnings inequality in reform-era urban China

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Author: He, Guangye; Wu, Xiaogang


This article examines the differential impacts of marketisation and economic development on gender earnings inequality in reform-era urban China. Based on data from the 2005 population mini-census with prefecture-level statistics, we distinguish the effect of economic development from that of marketisation on the gender earnings gap. Multi-level analyses reveal that marketisation and economic development have affected gender inequality in different ways: whereas market forces have exacerbated gender earnings inequality, economic development has reduced it. Overall, marketisation appears...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Income; Equity; Economics

Keywords: Urban; Economic development; Wage differential; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: China; Asia

Published: Los Angeles, California: Sage Publications, 2018

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Journal volume: 32

Journal number: 4

Journal date: August 2018

Pages: pp. 726-746

ISSN: 0950-0170, 1469-8722 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 133.789

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