Inequality and Instability: An Empirical Investigation into Social Discontent in Urban China

University of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2006/45

40 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2006

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Lina Song

Nottingham University Business School

Simon Appleton

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Instability, proxied by individual level data on satisfaction, is measured, its association with inequality is investigated, and the socio-economic determinants of overall satisfaction are modelled. A very recent national representative household survey (2002) with a module designed to serve this purpose has been the statistics source of this study. The results point to the role of income growth in quelling social discontent. Membership of the Communist Party and political participation also play a positive role. By contrast, unemployment exerts a strong depressive effect, as does exclusion from state welfare provision.

Keywords: Satisfaction, income growth, unemployment, inequality, instability, China

JEL Classification: I31, I38, J18, D63

Suggested Citation

Song, Lina and Appleton, Simon, Inequality and Instability: An Empirical Investigation into Social Discontent in Urban China (2006). University of Nottingham Research Paper No. 2006/45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=950550 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.950550

Lina Song (Contact Author)

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Simon Appleton

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