Is China a welfare state? If so, what does it look like and how has it evolved? Is it progressive or regressive? How has it affected poverty and income inequality? How has it affected citizens’ assessment of government performance? How does it compare with other welfare states around the world? Using various national household survey datasets as well as administrative data and a cross-national comparative perspective, this research addresses this series of questions both conceptually and empirically and places the Chinese case in the global context. Particular attention is paid to the redistributive effects of the Chinese welfare state.
Center members working on this project: Qin Gao, Xian Huang, Xiaobo Lu, Carl Riskin, Yake Wang, Sui Yang, Fuhua Zhai, and Yalu Zhang.