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1 Rising Earnings Inequality in Urban China during Li Shi School of Economics and Business Administration, BNU Song Jin School of Economics and Business Administration, BNU and Deng Quheng Institute of Economics, CASS

2 Background Economic reform in China since early 1990s. The privatization of state-owned enterprises; The development of private firms and self-employment; The reform of wage systems in public sector. Wage reforms ongoing within SOES To enhance incentives, distribute wage according to performance of workers and enlarge wage differentials among workers.

3 Background Figure 1. Number of workers in state-owned and urban collective enterprises as a percentage of all workers in urban China. Source: National Bureau of Statistics (2008).

4 Background Meanwhile, increasing income inequality from 1980s. For Gini coefficient, China as a whole: 0.28 (1983)—0.48 (2007) Urban China: 0.17 (1983)—0.36 (2007)

5 Research Questions What are the main driving forces for increasing income inequality? Different characteristics distribution? Different earnings determination mechanism? To what extent do they contribute?

6 Structure Brief literature review Methodology introduction Data used and descriptive statistics Regression analysis Decomposition results Summary

7 Brief Literature Review Factors studies mentioned that are important in earning determination. Education attainment, work experience, ownership, industry, region, gender, minority

8 Brief Literature Review-1 Education attainment 1. Rising returns to education in urban China since the mid 1980s (Li and Lee, 1993; Lai, 1999; Li and Ding, 2003; Park et al, 2007). 3.8%(1988)-5.7%(1995)-8.1(1999) 2. Returns to education also increase with education level. 3. Increasingly strong explanatory power for earnings differentials.

9 Brief Literature Review-2 Work experience Decreasing role in earnings determination in urban China at beginning of economic reform. In the planned economy, seniority was more important. (Knight and Song, 1993) Between , wage of SOE workers increased with work experience. (Meng and Kidd, 1997) From the mid 1990s, the relationship weakened (Knight and Song, 2008)

10 Brief Literature Review-3 Ownership, Industry and Region Earnings: top: foreign enterprises bottom: collective enterprises; (Zhao, 2002; Chen et al, 2005) For unskilled workers: SOEs > foreign enterprises; For skilled workers: SOEs < foreign enterprises. (Zhao, 2002) Segmentation based on ownership and Hukou (Chen, et al, 2005; Demurger, et al, 2007, Demurger, et al, 2009 )

11 Brief Literature Review-4 Gender Gender wage/ earnings gap was extremely small in early 1980s and increased in favor of male workers in urban China with economic reform. (Gustafsson, Li, 2001; Li and Song, 2010) Increasing number of the unemployed/ xiagang worker caused the decline of female participation rate. (Meng, 2004)

12 Methodology Introduction --Decomposition of earning difference Oaxaca/ Blinder (1973) decomposition Y t+j – Y t =  t+j ( X t+j – X t ) + X t (  t+j –  t ) Y t+j – Y t =  t ( X t+1 – X t ) + X t+1 (  t+j –  t ) When decompose earning growth between time points, First term – Changes in socioeconomic and job characteristics of employees/ employers; Second term – Changes in rewards to socioeconomic and job characteristics of employees/ employers.

13 Methodology Introduction --Decomposition of earning inequality Fields (1998) decomposition The contribution of the jth income source to inequality indices of income.

14 Data Used Urban survey of CHIPS Data set CHIP– China Household Income Project Collected by the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and later on by BNU. Keeping people who were 16 to 60 aged workers with positive income, in our paper, for 1988, individuals were selected; for 2007, 9053 were selected.

15 Data Used To combine these two datasets together, 1. Select the same provinces; 2. Adjust earnings of 2007 at 1988 prices; 3. Adjust provincial PPP; 4. Weight sample according to actual provincial employment and employment in different ownership.

16 Sample Description Employment structure by Gender

17 Sample Description Employment structure by Age Group

18 Sample Description Employment structure by Education Attainment

19 Sample Description Employment structure by Ownership

20 Earnings distribution Description

21 Descriptive Statistics Annual growth rate: 8% on average But growth rates vary with groups with different characteristics Male > Female; group >> group Han majority > minority; SOE > private sector Well educated > less educated Financial sector > trade and commerce Coastal provinces > western provinces Earnings peak earlier

22 Gender group Female 3.8 Mean Income Ratio (07/88) Male 4.35 Educatio nal attainme nt primary and less 2.77 Owners hip collective sector 3.68 Minorit y group Han 4.21 middle school 3.23 state-owned sector 4.52 Minority 3.61 high school 4.23 private or self-employed 1.05 Age group professional school 3.45 other ownership year college 4.3 Industr y manafacturing year college 4.9 agriculture Province Beijing 4.29 mining Shanxi 4.32 construction Liaoning 3.44 transportation and communication Jiangsu 4.11 commerce and trade Anhui 3.59 public utilities Henan 3.88 finance and insurance 5.37 Occupa tion manual worker 3.39 Hubei 3.69 education and culture 4.51 office worker 4.26 Guangdong 5.12 health and social welfare 3.92 officer or manager 4.85 Yunnan 2.97 scientific research and technology 4.82 professional or technician 4.5 Gansu 2.61 government and social organizations 4.79

23 Regression Analysis Dependent variable used: Logarithm of yearly earnings of individuals Independent variables used: Gender, ethnic minority status, age group, education, occupation, ownership, province

24 Regression Analysis-1 Coefficients of age groups from earnings function, 1988 and 2007

25 Regression Analysis-2 Returns to education in urban China, 1988 and 2007

26 Regression Analysis-3 Return to occupation in urban China,

27 Regression Analysis-4 Returns to province in urban China, 1988 and 2007

28 Oaxaca Decomposition- General Decomposition of earnings growth (%) VariableAttribEndowCoeff Gender group Age group Minority Education Group Ownership Occupation Industry Province Constant Total

29 Oaxaca Decomposition- Quantile EndowmentCoefficientTotal - due to endowments (E): E% - due to coefficients (C): C%Raw differential (R) {E+C}: 10th th th th th th th th th

30 Oaxaca Decomposition- Quantile 123

31 Lorenz Curve of Earnings in Urban China

32 Decompositions of Earnings Inequality Earnings component s Wage incomeBusiness income Other income Total earnings Share (%) Concentration ratio Contribution to total inequality (%)

33 Gini decomposition based on regression Explanatory variables gender Age minority00 education Ownership Occupation Industry0.5 province residual Total100

34 Conclusions The earnings inequality has been significantly increasing in urban China since the end of 1980s. In terms of Gini, the increase is 70%. For the driving forces behind, The increased return to human capital Results of marketization process The rising gap between gender and among regions/ownerships Market segmentation

35 Thank you !


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