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Is China’s 'Dibao' Welfare Working?

An expert reviews the impact and effectiveness of China’s primary social assistance program – the 'dibao'

By Xie Yi Updated Aug.1

While China’s economy has experienced rapid growth since the economic reforms of the 1980s and 90s, the gap between rich and poor has widened.

In 1993, Shanghai implemented a minimum livelihood guarantee or "dibao," an anti-poverty safety net. Since then, the program has been expanded across China. 

Dr. Qin Gao examines how successful the dibao system has been at alleviating poverty, as well as patterns of behavior and the sense of well-being among dibao recipients.