1st Edition

Precise Poverty Alleviation and Intergenerational Mobility in China

By Chunjin Chen Copyright 2023
    312 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The widening of income and wealth inequality has become one of the most important obstacles on the road to China’s common prosperity. In the context of inequality reduction and anti-poverty strategy in China, this book investigates the complex relationship between education and intergenerational mobility in terms of occupation and income.

    Based on large-scale social survey data, cutting-edge econometric models and statistical methods, the book examines the role of education in breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty and promoting intergenerational mobility. It analyzes the characteristics of birth cohorts in intergenerational mobility, the long-term trends of educational, occupational, and income mobility among rural and urban residents across generations, and also the different regional patterns of intergenerational mobility against the background of social changes in China. Based on empirical findings, the author advances suggestions on an education policy conducive to poverty alleviation.

    The book will appeal to scholars and students studying the sociology of education, the economics of education and Chinese education, as well as policy makers interested in the topics of education policy systems and poverty alleviation, as well as education equity and social mobility.

    List of figures. List of tables. Preface. 1 Introduction. 2 Definition and Measurement of Intergenerational Mobility and Poverty Alleviation. 3 Can Education Break the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty? 4 Intergenerational Educational Mobility in China. 5 Does Family Background Widen Inequality in Intergenerational Educational Attainment? 6 Literature Review of Intergenerational Occupational Mobility. 7 Intergenerational Occupational Mobility and Changing Trends in China. 8 Does Education Promote Intergenerational. Occupational Mobility? 9 Literature Review of Intergenerational Income Mobility. 10 Intergenerational Income Mobility and Dynamic Trends in China. 11 The Impact of Education on Intergenerational Income Mobility. 12 The Internal Mechanisms of Intergenerational Mobility. 13 Major Findings and Discussion. Appendices. References. Index.


    Chunjin Chen is the Associate Professor at Faculty of Education, East China Normal University. His research interests are the economics of education and sociology of education.