The Chinese welfare state system

With special reference to aging of society and social policy

Authored by: Carmel K. M. Lee

The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472449306
eBook ISBN: 9781315613758
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041085


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Over the past 30 years, impressive and sustained economic development has transformed China from one of the world’s poorest countries into the second largest national economy. But growth has come at the price of a widening income gap: China’s Gini coefficient of family income distribution increased from 0.3 in the early 1980s to 0.49 in 2008 (Sicular, 2013).

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