Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China by Qin GaoWelfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China by Qin Gao

Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China

byQin Gao

Hardcover | May 10, 2017

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Welfare, Work, and Poverty provides the first systematic and comprehensive evaluation of the impacts and effectiveness of China's primary social assistance program - Minimum Livelihood Guarantee, or Dibao - since its inception in 1993. Dibao serves the dual function of providing a basic safetynet for the poor and maintaining social and political 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 timelyand useful for both China and beyond. Specifically, author Qin Gao addresses the following questions: * How effective has Dibao been in targeting the poor and alleviating poverty? * Have the Dibao recipients been dependent on welfare or able to move from welfare to work? * How has Dibao affected recipients' consumption patterns and subjective well-being? * Do they use the Dibao subsidy to meet survival needs (such as food, clothing, and shelter) or invest in human capital (such as health and education)? * Are they distressed by the stigma associated with receiving Dibao or do they become more optimistic about future and enjoy greater life satisfaction because of the Dibao support? * And finally, what policy lessons can we learn from the existing evidence in order to strengthen and improve Dibao in the future?Answers to these questions not only help us gain an in-depth understanding of Dibao's performance, but also add the Chinese case to the growing international literature on comparative welfare studies. Welfare, Work, and Poverty is essential reading for political scientists, economists, sociologists,public policy researchers, and social workers interested in learning about and understanding contemporary China.
Qin Gao, PhD, MPhil, MA, is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at the Columbia School of Social Work at Columbia University and a Faculty Afficilate of the Columbia Population Research Center and Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She is also an Academic Board Member of the China Institute for Income Distribution and B...
Title:Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in ChinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 10, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190218134

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"This is an excellent work on China's social assistance system with international perspective and solid knowledge of China's experiences. With the author's theoretical insights, this book gives us a comprehensive introduction to and in-depth analysis of China's social assistance system. Thisbook will be very helpful for the international readers to understand the historical development and current characteristics of China's social assistance system and efforts to develop social protection system under the country's unique economic, political, and social background. At the same time, itwill also be very helpful for Chinese scholars and policymakers to have more knowledge about the theories and methodology from international experts in the study of social policy in general and of social assistance specifically." --Xinping Guan, PhD, Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Nankai University, China