Poverty Reduction in China: Is High Growth Enough?

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-WIDER
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 4, 2008
    TITLE:
    Poverty Reduction in China: Is High Growth Enough?
    AUTHORS:
    by Guanghua Wan
    PUB DATE:
    2008•12•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3053-8
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2008

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    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.