Anti-poverty Policy Laboratory

Since 2014, the Center (Survey and Research Center for China Household Finance) has launched the Anti-Poverty Initiative for Needy Families that consists of a series of poverty-reduction programs. Two programs with distinctive priorities have been implemented in Leshan, a prefecture-level city in Sichuan Province. One program is the Labor Income Incentive Scheme in Wutongqiao District, where beneficiary households are given cash grants to supplement their labor income. Another is the Youth Education Improvement Program in Mabian Yi Autonomous County, where the children from low-income families are offered cash rewards for their progress in exam results. Both of the two programs have turned out to be effective and provided a wealth of practical experience to draw on.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed the concept of targeted poverty alleviation in 2013, China has already obtained remarkable achievements in reducing and ending poverty under the "Plan to Eliminate Poverty by 2020". Started in 2014 and piloted in 15 countries in Sichuan Province, the Center's EITC projects aim to deal with the issue of insufficient endogenous motivation to escape poverty and adopts an incentive scheme in which the working household with very low income will receive a certain amount of cash reward if they actively participate in production activities and slip out or poverty.

Youth Education Improvement Project (YEIP)

Since 2015, the Center has been conducting the Youth Education Improvement Project (YEIP) in some underdeveloped countries in Scihuan Province. The project is designed to give appropriate economic incentives to students who can achieve objectives such as academic excellence, learning progress, completing assignments, and etc. To enhance the learning motivation of students in poor countries and to stimulate their enthusiasm for learning and teachers' enthusiasm for teachers' enthusiasm for teaching innovation, YEIP focuses on learning process instead of inputs and outcomes thereby improving the quality of education in poor counties and break the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

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