Conferences at Department of Economics, University of Toronto, RCEF 2012: Cities, Open Economies, and Public Policy

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What Happened to the Middle Class in Urban China in the Last decade of the 20th Century and what were the determining factors? Results from Partial De nition of Class Membership

Gordon Anderson*, Grazia Pittau, Roberto Zelli

Last modified: 2012-06-25


Semi-parametric estimation of the components of a mixture distribution describing household income is employed to estimate the probability that a household belongs to a particular class. Various household characteristics are then used to model the determinants of class membership. The methodology is employed to examine the progress of poor, middle and rich classes in Urban China in the last decade of the 20th century.

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