Long-run relationship between inequality and growth in post-reform China : New evidence from dynamic panel model

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  • Tingting Li
  • Jennifer T. Lai
  • Yong Wang
  • Dingtao Zhao

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-252
Journal / PublicationInternational Review of Economics and Finance
Online published1 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


In this paper, we employ a panel of 27 Chinese provinces from 1984 to 2012 to estimate an autoregressive distributive lag model and find that there exists a robust positive long-run relationship between income inequality and growth in post-reform China. In addition, our estimation results indicate that physical capital investment, especially private capital investment, is a principal driver of the long-run growth in China, whereas the roles of human capital and public capital investment are largely ambiguous and insignificant. We also discuss the implications from comparing our estimation results with those obtained in another study using U.S. data.

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  • Chinese economy, Economic growth, Income inequality, Panel data

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