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Social mobility will fall for China’s disadvantaged

Monday, June 10, 2019

Subject

Social mobility in China.

Significance

So far, the Communist Party leadership has only addressed the most extreme manifestations of inequality -- high-level corruption and rural poverty. It has not tackled a wide range of social, economic and institutional barriers to social mobility that affect hundreds of millions of people across the country.

Impacts

  • Members of China’s middle class are already approaching the limits of their upward mobility.
  • The social credit system could evolve in a way that exacerbates the divide between the economically advantaged and disadvantaged.
  • The campaign to eliminate absolute poverty will do little to address the problem of relative poverty in urban areas.
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