Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China

Launched in 1993, China’s primary social assistance program -DiBao has served the dual function of providing a basic safety net for the poor and maintaining social and political stability. Despite currently being the world’s largest welfare program in terms of population coverage, data on Dibao’s performance has been scarce. To fill this gap, Columbia University’s Qin Gao spent two years systematically probing into Dibao policy development and performance and published her findings in a book titled “Welfare, work and poverty: social assistance in China ”.

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