The problem with China Gini coefficient statistics


Twofish's Blog

It’s interesting how the media moves from traffic accident to traffic accident. Last years story was on how China was getting polarized between rich and poor and how rural unrest was going to bring down the party. You don’t see those stories any more. The problem with news stories is that they start with a general framework and then try to fit information into that framework. So the framework you start with is the old Marxist idea of class revolution, and then evidence is fit within that framework.

Here is a paper that got me thinking….

http://uschinalawsociety.org/symposium/papers/postconference/pdf/Yasheng.Huang.eng.pdf

Here is a revealing paragraph….

Visitors to China and India often report nearly opposite impressions of the two nations. India assaults one’s senses. People living in open squalors, the lack of sanitary facilities, and massive and sprawling slums in metropolises such as Mumbai and New Delhi easily give rise to the impression that…

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