The 'X Component' in Shanghai's Social Security Reforms

24 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Gloria Davies

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ingrid L. Nielsen

Deakin University

Chris Nyland

Monash University - Department of Management

Russell Smyth

Monash University - Department of Economics

Cherrie Zhu

Monash University

Judith Zhu

Monash University

Abstract

In 2003, the Shanghai Bureau of Labour and Social Security launched the zhenbao (town insurance) programme, now widely known as 25 plus X. This scheme is regarded as an important experiment in social security reform and has been lauded for extending social security to areas where previously only segments of the population had mandatory coverage. Using data from 103,000 individuals enrolled in 25 plus X, we examine the extent to which the scheme represents an extension in social security coverage. Our analysis suggests that while it does represent an extension of benefits for some, for many it represents a considerable dilution in benefits.

Suggested Citation

Davies, Gloria and Nielsen, Ingrid L. and Nyland, Chris and Smyth, Russell and Zhu, Cherrie Jiuhua and Zhu, Judith, The 'X Component' in Shanghai's Social Security Reforms. International Social Security Review, Vol. 62, Issue 2, pp. 31-54, April/June 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394678 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2009.01328.x

Gloria Davies (Contact Author)

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Ingrid L. Nielsen

Deakin University ( email )

70 Elgar Road
Burwood, Victoria 3125
Australia

Chris Nyland

Monash University - Department of Management ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3168
Australia

Russell Smyth

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3
Australia

Cherrie Jiuhua Zhu

Monash University ( email )

Judith Zhu

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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