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Poverty Reduction in China: Is High Growth Enough?

The slowdown and in some years reversal of poverty reduction in China forcefully demonstrates that growth is not sufficient for combating poverty even if that growth is of unprecedented magnitude. Policy initiatives should take into consideration inequality, especially urban-rural disparity. This Policy Brief provides a summary of the research findings from UNU-WIDER’s project on Inequality and Poverty in China. It also offers policy recommendations for tackling the poverty-growth-inequality inter-relationships in the short- and long-run. In particular, it is suggested that the only long-run policy option for the Chinese government is to encourage urbanization.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
UNU Policy Brief
Volume:
04/2008
Title:
Poverty Reduction in China: Is High Growth Enough?
Authors:
Guanghua Wan
Publication date:
April 2008
ISSN Web:
1814-8026
ISBN 13 Print:
9789280830521
ISBN 13 Web:
9789280830538
Copyright holder:
© United Nations University
Copyright year:
2008
Keywords:
poverty, growth, inequality, China, urban, rural
JEL:
O15, O53, D63
Project:
Inequality and Poverty in China
Format:
online and printed copies
 
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