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01.18.2012 18:55

Gov't Refuses to Release Gini Coefficient

Citing incomplete data about high-income earners, the Chinese government has not published its inequality ratio for more than ten years
Compiled by Fang Xuyan and Lea Yu
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For the eleventh year in a row, Chinese officials say they cannot publish the nation's Gini coefficient—a common measure of income inequality used worldwide. 

The main reason, National Bureau of Statistics Director Ma Jiantang said January 17, is that data on high-income groups is incomplete. Some experts criticized the announcement, saying the government is looking for reasons to de-emphasize China's significant wealth gap.

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