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Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China

Qin Gao


This book provides the first systematic evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of China’s primary social assistance program, Minimum Livelihood Guarantee, or Dibao. Dibao serves the dual functions of providing a basic safety net for the poor and maintaining political and social stability. Despite currently being the world’s largest welfare program in terms of population coverage, evidence on Dibao’s performance has been lacking. This book offers important new empirical evidence and draws policy lessons that are timely and useful for both China and beyond. Specifically, the book addresses t ... More

Keywords: welfare, work, poverty, China, social assistance, human capital, health, education, comparative social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190218133
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190218133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Qin Gao, author
Associate Professor, Columbia University