China’s Experiment in Social Welfare: Is It Working?

April 20, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Columbia School of Social Work,  1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City

Event Organizer

Office of the Dean

Please join us for a special event with faculty member Qin Gao, author of the newly published Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China.


TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for presentation; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for reception and book signing
LOCATION: Room C03 or tune in remotely via Facebook Live*
SPEAKER: Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work; Director, China Center for Social Policy
DISCUSSANT: Irwin Garfinkel, Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and CSSW’s Interim Dean

*Links to FB Live Sessions are not generated until the event has started. Be sure to register and we will email you with the link as soon as the presentation begins. NOTE: You can also go to CSSW’s Facebook page at the time of the event and wait for the post to appear at the top of our feed.

About Professor Gao’s Book

In Welfare, Work, and Poverty (Oxford University Press, April 2017), Dr. Qin Gao provides the first systematic and comprehensive evaluation of the impacts and effectiveness of China’s primary social assistance program—Minimum Livelihood Guarantee, or dibao—since its inception in 1993. Dibao serves the dual function of providing a basic safety net for the poor and maintaining social and political stability. Despite currently being the world’s largest welfare program in terms of population coverage, evidence on dibao‘s performance has been lacking. This book offers important new empirical evidence and draws policy lessons that are timely and useful for both China and beyond. Read more.

NOTE: Copies of Professor Gao’s book can be purchased at the event. Alternatively, you can order a print copy here; the Kindle edition is available here.

Dibao is the world’s largest public assistance program. Welfare, Work, and Poverty by Professor Qin Gao describes how the program works, analyzes how well it works, and considers ways to improve it. It takes account of Chinese and English research, blends quantitative and qualitative research in a reader-friendly manner, and situates the Chinese welfare state in the global comparative welfare state literature.” —Irwin Garfinkel, PhD, Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and Interim Dean, School of Social Work, Columbia University


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