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Social mobility will fall for China’s disadvantaged

Monday, June 10, 2019


Social mobility in China.


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.


  • 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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