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The Rural-Urban Divide: Economic Disparities and Interactions in China

John Knight and Lina Song


This book describes and explains the remarkably large rural–urban divide in economic wellbeing that exists in China. How did it come about? How is it maintained, in the face of equilibrating market forces? What are the implications for future efficiency and equity in the Chinese economy? The book is divided into five parts: Part 1 introduces the context and scope of the study; Parts 2 and 3 measure and explain the rural–urban divide in income, education, health, and housing, both historically and by means of a household survey; Part 4 analyses the intersectoral movement of factors, both capita ... More

Keywords: rural, urban, China, income, education, health, housing, household survey, capital flow, labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198293309
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Knight, author
St Edmund Hall, Oxford
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Lina Song, author
University of Oxford
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