Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34037
Authors: 
Gustafsson, Björn
Yue, Ximing
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2486
Abstract: 
Subjective Poverty Line methodology is applied to rural China 2002 using a sample from 22 provinces. Respondents were asked two questions: one on amount of food necessary and another on amount of cash necessary for their households. The respondent's perception of how much cash is needed varies profoundly and positively by income in the county where the respondent lives. The findings provide an argument for increasing the official poverty line for China as average household income increases. Poverty in rural China is disproportionally concentrated to the western regions and to poor counties. Most of rural China's poverty can be attributed to households living outside classified poor areas. People living in a household with many members, those with a household head with a short education, and children face higher poverty risks than other persons.
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