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China’s Rural Resident Income Gap Is Approaching the International Warning Standard

People’s Daily published an article on the “Chinese Farmers’ Economic Status Report” that The Center for Chinese Rural Studies at Central China Normal University (CCRS) recently released. According to the report, the gini coefficient of China’s rural resident income gap is 0.3949, which is close to 0.4, the international warning standard. A major factor that caused the widening income gap among farmers is their wages, which account for 70% of their per capita income. “The income gap among rural residents represents the gap between workers and peasants and between urban and rural areas."

Source: People’s Daily, August 22, 2012