Poverty and Inequality and Social Policy in China

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Bingqin Li

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration

David Piachaud

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

Despite prolonged economic growth, poverty has become a more notable and noted feature of Chinese society. The paper examines three phases of development since the foundation of the People's Republic: the central planning era (1949 -1978); the pro-urban growth model (1978 - 1999); and more recent changes (1999 - 2004). For each phase the nature of the economic and social policies are described and the effects on poverty and inequality are examined. The limitations of a social policy that is subservient to the economic strategy are considered. The alternative of a model of social development based on the livelihood approach is analysed and its potential to reduce poverty and inequality are considered.

JEL Classification: I3

Suggested Citation

Li, Bingqin and Piachaud, David, Poverty and Inequality and Social Policy in China (November 2004). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASE087, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1159318

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David Piachaud

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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