Does China's public assistance scheme create welfare dependency? An assessment of the welfare of the Urban Minimum Living Standard Guarantee

Lei, J. and Chan, C.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-9461-8623, 2017. Does China's public assistance scheme create welfare dependency? An assessment of the welfare of the Urban Minimum Living Standard Guarantee. International Social Work. ISSN 0020-8728

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Abstract

In China, there are increasing concerns among the public and academics on welfare dependency caused the 'generous' of benefits of the Urban Minimum Living Standard Scheme (UMLSS). This study examines this issue by analysing the levels of the UMLSS according to international poverty measurements as well as reporting the life experiences of MLSS beneficiaries in Guangzhou city. It concludes that the UMLSS assistance is actually too low to reduce claimants’ work motivation. Instead, supplementary benefits associated with the UMLSS contributing to the recipients’ staying in China’s public assistance scheme in order to gain access to basic housing, health and educational services.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Does China's public assistance scheme create welfare dependency?
Publication Title: International Social Work
Creators: Lei, J. and Chan, C.K.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 20 September 2017
ISSN: 0020-8728
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10.1177/0020872817731142DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Oct 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 10:28
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31846

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