Poverty is an age-old problem worldwide. There has been a great progress in poverty alleviation in China since the past three decades. The question is what works in reducing poverty in this largest developing country. Drawing on a unique panel survey dataset between 1993 and 2009, this research suggests that the education attainment and occupation of household heads work to reduce poverty while larger family and more children reduce the chance of poverty alleviation. Using newly-available data on social protection spending, this research investigates the impact of the Minimum Living Standard Assistance (MLSA)—the largest cash transfer program in the county—on poverty alleviation. The article details the policy implications of the above empirical research as well.
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2013|