Urban-rural income gap gets bigger: report


China Daily

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012


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The ratio of income earned by urbanites to that of rural residents is about 5.2, said a blue paper released by a major government think tank on Tuesday. According to The Urban Blue Book: China City Development Report No 5, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the ratio of urbanites' disposable income to rural residents' net income reached 3.13 last year. As about 40 percent of farmers' net income was used to purchase chemical fertilizer, pesticide, seeds and other means of production, deducting these expenses, China's urban income was about 5.2 times that of the countryside, said the report.