Poverty and social assistance in rural China

13 August 2018

While China has made tremendous achievements in terms of increasing general welfare, some parts of rural population still face a high risk of poverty. One of the great challenges of implementing rural welfare relief is the identification of needy individuals and households for monetary or in-kind transfers. This project analyses a program for social assistance in rural China to answer the following questions: What are the special challenges of defining and identifying recipients for social transfers and of implementing a social assistance system in rural society in general? How efficient are the existing methods of income and welfare measurement of the program in question? What concrete policy suggestions for increasing the efficiency of program design and implementation can be given?

Researcher: Lena Kuhn, Stephan Brosig, Thomas Glauben
Cooperation Partners: Center of China Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)