RCCS "Speaking of China" Lecture Series
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Global Work and Employment
The Chinese government has declared war on poverty, with an explicit goal of eradicating poverty by 2020. Will this ambitious goal be achieved? And what are its implications for China and the world? In this talk, Prof. Qin Gao will discuss China’s three-pronged anti-poverty efforts—development, assistance, and targeted eradication, with a particular focus on the targeted approach currently in full swing. Drawing on her new book, Welfare, Work, and Poverty: Social Assistance in China (Oxford University Press, 2017) and her extensive research on poverty, inequality, and social policies in China, Prof. Gao will assess the progress made to achieve the poverty eradication goal and offer suggestions regarding sustainable anti-poverty solutions.
Qin Gao is Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of Columbia University’s China Center for Social Policy. She is a faculty affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and a member of the Faculty Steering Committee for the Columbia Global Centers | Beijing. She is also an Academic Board Member of the China Institute for Income Distribution at Beijing Normal University and a Public Intellectual Fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Dr. Gao’s research focuses on the Chinese welfare state in transition; welfare, work, and poverty in China; social protection for rural-to-urban migrants in China and Asian American immigrants; and cross-national comparative social policies and programs. Dr. Gao's work has been supported by multiple national and international funding sources such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Fund of China, UNICEF, and the World Bank.