The right not to be poor: poverty alleviation and the Chinese social model

Authors: Michael Dunford*, University of Sussex
Topics: Human Rights, Rural Geography, China
Keywords: poverty alleviation, rural China, economic development, minimum life guarantees
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Directors Room, Omni, West
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China is noted for remarkable reductions in rural poverty, and aims to eliminate it by 2020. Achieving this outcome requires identification of the remaining poor population and a strategy that effectively addresses the causes of their poverty. Drawing on a 2017 survey of 4,626 rural households and 13,689 individuals in 628 counties, the distinguishing characteristics of people who remain poor are examined, the main drivers of rural income and household poverty classifications are identified and the general effectiveness of poverty targeting is assessed. Addressing these issues involves a targeted combination of traditional development-oriented policy for poverty counties, villages and regions with wider minimum life guarantees and welfare services.

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