Geo Prof Article Published in PLoS ONE Journal

Prof. Guo Chen is the lead author of a recent article published in PLoS ONE, which challenges the popular belief that urbanization in post-reform China helps reduce income inequality. The article shows that after exerting an immediate alleviating effect, urbanization has a lagged aggravating effect on income inequality. The study highlights the lack of a social dimension in China’s urbanization policy, particularly the stagnation of the Hukou reform, and calls for comprehensive social reforms. Co-authors on this paper are from MIT, Nanjing University, and Virginia Tech.

Urbanization and Income Inequality in Post-Reform China