In large and heterogenous countries, cross-regional inequality often fuels political conflict over redistributive demands. Standard economic theory holds that initial inequality in incomes across subnational regions of a country should eventually give way to convergence. However, economic liberalization in Russia and China has not produced cross-regional convergence. The paper demonstrates that interregional inequality remains high in both countries and grounds explanation for this finding in their communist institutional legacies. Their common institutional history complements country-specific explanations for the observed trends in cross-regional inequality.
Research Article| February 12 2015
Why is interregional inequality in Russia and China not falling?
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2015) 48 (1): 1–13.
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Thomas F. Remington; Why is interregional inequality in Russia and China not falling?. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 2015; 48 (1): 1–13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2015.01.005
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