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Title: Why economic reforms have not brought about equality in China?
Authors: Tian, Yu.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Economic development::China
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: Many believe that reform is a self-incremental and steady process which would promote upgrading of productivity and people's living standards. With these achievements foreseen and obtained, many would support reform. Since 1978, China is determined to depart from the former egalitarianism distribution society and move towards efficiency and high growth by reform and opening up. As summarized by UNDP, the pre-reform period was that of more equality but little equity and everyone was equally poor. However, the post-reform period is not just the opposite of it, as some are allowed to get rich first and social equity was realized to some extent, but increasing gap in income distribution has become more and more prominent. Many indexes in this regard suggest the situation has reached to the international warning line and if not checked, the whole reform process would be derailed and sacrificed. One example: according to one survey by the end of 2002, there are at least 100-200 million urban residents who are not satisfied with their present living conditions, accounting for 22-45% of the total; around 32-36 million are very unsatisfied and the ratio is 7-8%.
Description: 49 p.
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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