Income Distribution

Concrete steps needed on income reform in China, say analysts

Beijing hopes to raise wages and cut taxes for the poor.

The State Council has approved guidelines submitted jointly by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, after earlier proposals were repeatedly amended in the past eight years.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 5:50am

Mainland leaders face rough road to reforms

The central government has issued guidelines on the long-awaited income distribution reform in a bid to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor. Photo: AFP

The State Council on Tuesday issued guidelines on the long-awaited income distribution reform, vowing to increase minimum wages, limit the incomes of senior managers in state-owned enterprises and "enhance income adjustment by taxation".

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am

Wage increases part of approved income distribution plan

Wen Jiabao

The State Council on Tuesday approved long-delayed guidelines to reform the mainland's income distribution system, under which wages will be raised and state-owned enterprises will be required to hand over a greater share of their profits.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:30am

City migrants help boost rural incomes

The rise in migrant labourers and their wages has helped push up rural per capita income faster than urban incomes. Photo: NYT

Rural per capita net income rose 10.7 per cent, against a 9.6 per cent increase for urban dwellers, partly because of the rise in migrant labourers and their wages, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Rural residents' income from benefits payments rose 21.9 per cent, almost double the urban pace, as the government boosted its budget for health-care handouts.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Governments take wrong approach in raising income taxes

French president Francois Hollande delivers a speech. Photo: AFP

French President Francois Hollande's threatened income tax of 75 per cent for the wealthiest citizens has driven actor Gerard Depardieu to Russia, where the flat rate is just 13 per cent. The mainland's richest people have also been fleeing, foremost to the US, Canada and Australia, in part to avoid having to give up 45 per cent of earnings to the taxman.

10 Jan 2013 - 3:50am 1 comment

Wealth gap puts China among world's most unequal nations, survey reveals

China's growing wealth gap is a major concern for the authorities.

China's wealth gap has widened to a level where it is among the world's most unequal nations, a survey has revealed.

China's Gini coefficient, a commonly used measure of inequality, was 0.61 in 2010, the Survey and Research Centre for China Household Finance said, well above what some academics view as the warning line of 0.40.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 1 comment

China wealth gap continues to widen, survey finds

The gap between China's haves and have-nots has widened once again. Photo: AFP

The chasm between China’s rich and poor has widened to alarming levels, according to survey results released by the Survey and Research Centre for China Household Finance.

The survey, released on Sunday, reported a rise in China’s Gini coefficient, a key yardstick of income or wealth inequality, to 0.61 in 2010, the latest year for which there is data on China.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 2 comments

China heading for economic downturn, many warn

Shanghai's financial district of Pudong is a product of the mainland's economic growth. Photo: AFP

The mainland's double-digit economic growth of the past few decades may never be repeated, say an increasing number of economists at home and abroad.

Unless Beijing carries out new economic reforms in key areas, they believe the next pattern of growth will not be so stellar, as the nation begins to lose its traditional advantages of cheap manpower, land and natural resources.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's comments send developers' shares higher

Mainland property prices are not likely to rise, with homebuying curbs set to stay in place. Photo: Reuters

Developers were the star performers on the stock market yesterday after premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang said urbanisation would drive most of the country's development in the next decade.

1 Dec 2012 - 4:37am

China's 2020 goal may fail unless core issues are tackled, say analysts

Hu's goal marks a departure.

While Hu Jintao's goal of doubling per capita income by 2020 is seen as a sign Beijing is paying attention to the poor, analysts said achieving it may not narrow the wealth gap if other, deep-rooted problems remain unsolved.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

State of inequality as China's rich get richer

A man carries wood from a Shenyang demolition site. Photo: Reuters

In a nation where wealth confers immense power and privilege, it's no wonder policymakers are having such a hard time rewriting the rules to reverse a dangerously widening wealth gap.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Li Shi, 'Mr China Income Distribution', battles inequality

Professor Li Shi

It's not exactly catchy, but the name Mr China Income Distribution has become well known to those involved in the battle to close the country's wealth gap.

His real name is Professor Li Shi, 57, and he has been charting the spiral into dangerous levels of inequality since the 1980s - and warning of the accompanying dangers of social unrest.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Chinese people want equal opportunities, not equal income

China should seek to level the playing field, not people's income. Photo: Reuters

Will income distribution reform finally be launched in China? Reports said the blueprint - already eight years in the making - will be unveiled this month after repeated delays. What's in it is a matter of great public concern.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Briefs, October 10, 2012

Income distribution reform to be unveiled

10 Oct 2012 - 4:30am

Helping underclass requires vision

Hong Kong has become more prosperous over the decades and emerged from financial crises in better shape than most places. Yet inequality has grown. The latest evidence is difficult to refute. The city's Gini coefficient index, an internationally respected measure of income inequality, has risen in recent years to be highest in the developed world.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am