China's Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, was 0.61 in 2010, a central...

|By:, SA News Editor

China's Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality, was 0.61 in 2010, a central bank-backed survey shows, with zero representing perfect equality and one perfect inequality. A print above 0.4 is used as a gauge of the potential for social unrest, so the figure of 0.61 appears to be in line with a doubling of "mass incidents," including strikes, riots and other disturbances, to at least 180,000 from 2006-2010.