China's Rural Economy after WTO discusses and analyses China's rural sector problems in detail, including the areas of poverty, income inequality, the gender gap, barriers of rural-urban migration, discrimination against rural workers, poor rural governance and the impact of WTO membership. It also tackles the important subjects of inadequate infrastructure and discriminatory credit services. Strategies to modernize China's rural economy are proposed and the relevant experiences and lessons of other countries are analyzed.
Contents: Introduction: China's rural economy after WTO: problems and strategies, Shunfeng Song and Aimin Chen. Gender Inequality in Rural Areas: Gender inequalities and rural development: some neglected and hidden dimensions, Bina Agarwal; Women's status in the household in rural China: does market labour matter?, Fiona MacPhail and Xiao-Yuan Dong; China's rural laboru market development and its gender implications, Scott Rozelle, Linxiu Zhang and Alan De Brauw; Rising gender gap in non-agricultural employment in rural China, Xiaoyun Liu, Terry Sicular and Xian Xin. Poverty and Income Inequalities: The poverty of rights and Chinese farmer's land property, Zhaohui Hong; Accounting for income inequality in rural China: a regression-based approach, Guanghua Wan; Decomposition of China's rising income inequality: is the rural-urban income gap solely responsible?, Gene H. Chang; Economic openness, local governance and rural economy, Ding Lu. Rural-Urban Migration: Characteristics of rural-urban migrants: the case of Tianjin, China, Zhigang Lu and Shunfeng Song; Choices between different off-farm employment sub-categories: an empirical analysis for Jiangxi Province, China, Xiaoping Shi, Nico Heerink and Futian Qu; Urban-rural Hukou differentials in China's labour relations, Xianguo Yao and Puqing Lai; Human capital, rural industrialization and China's labour market in the 1990s, Yuyu Chen and Chunbing Xing; Economic conditions and urbanization: comparing five Chinese Provinces, Aimin Chen. The Role of Government in Rural Development: The caring hand of a local government in China, Wenbo Wu; Infrastructure and regional economic development in rural China, Shenggen Fan and Xiaobo Zhang; Local Ggvernment indebtedness in China: what is the role for the municipal government bond market?, Ligang Liu and Shaoqiang Chen; Fiscal decentralization and political centralization in China: implications for regional inequality, Xiaobo Zhang; On the institutional arrangem