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Income and Consumption of Rural and Urban Residents in the Tibetan Autonomous Region

Rong MA

in Population and Society in Contemporary Tibet

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789622092020
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622092020.003.0007
Income and Consumption of Rural and Urban Residents in the Tibetan Autonomous Region

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The most significant indicators of economic development and success include income and consumption. In studying these two indicators, it is important to study them together as income levels determine consumption patterns. Also, these have to be considered on macro as well as on micro levels. The sources, stability, and level of family and individual income, and the stratification, average level, and structures of consumption patterns exhibited should also be examined in a larger context. In examining cross-sectional and longitudinal differentials, a comparative perspective should be employed since economic and social environment changes have corresponding changes in income and consumption patterns. Lastly, understanding the dynamics involves identifying the factors that affect income changes and consumption behavior.

Keywords: income; consumption; consumption behavior; consumption patterns; income level; differentials; comparative perspective

Chapter.  21658 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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