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Table 7 Comparison of class structures in transitional China and developed countries(%)

From: Class structure and income inequality in transitional China

  Top and new middleLarge ownerSmall business ownerSelf-employedSkilled workerUnskilled workerFarmerSample size
China (2010)Total26.60.82.27.39.914.139.910965
 Eastern43.01.63.87.014.117.114.93593
 Central17.40.51.67.19.013.150.54653
 Western20.60.41.27.85.912.054.72719
The US (1980) 31.61.86.06.813.140.6-1493
Sweden (1980) 22.80.74.75.417.449.1-1074
Norway (1982) 27.60.82.910.321.037.4-1522
Canada (1982) 25.21.03.213.521.735.4-1779
The UK (1984) 26.72.15.16.716.642.7-1146
Japan (1987) 22.41.66.223.210.536.1-612
  1. Data of developed countries from (Wright (1997):47). For Chinese data, larger owners are excluded from the “Top and new middle.” For developed countries, “small business owners and the self-employed" includes ranchers, but in the Chinese data, farmers are a separate category