Title

Layoffs and urban poverty in the state-owned enterprise communities in Shaanxi Province, China

RIS ID

87988

Publication Details

Cheng, Z. (2014). Layoffs and urban poverty in the state-owned enterprise communities in Shaanxi Province, China. Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement, 116 (1), 199-233.

Abstract

This paper applies a mixed methods approach that combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine urban poverty in China's state-owned enterprise communities where laid-off workers concentrate. A sequential explanatory model using interviews, Participatory Poverty Assessments and a community household survey on textile and military industries in Shaanxi Province of north-western China shows that low-income households suffered multidimensional disadvantages. Qualitative techniques have helped to reveal the hidden aspects of poverty while statistical tools have captured holistic information on the communities. These approaches together (Q-squared) consider both the outsiders' and insiders' views on the laid-off poor and benefit the making of effective anti-poverty policies.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-013-0278-y