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An index of inequality in China

Nature Energyvolume 2pages774775 (2017) | Download Citation

Household income is a typical measure of inequality, but it is limited by under-reporting, especially for rural Chinese households. A new study shows that energy consumption measures service flows of household durable electronics, which can provide more precise measurement of rural wealth inequalities and distributions.

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