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Transition and ChallengeChina's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century$
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Zhongwei Zhao and Fei Guo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299294.001.0001

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Poverty, Progress, and Rising Life Expectancy

Poverty, Progress, and Rising Life Expectancy

(p.140) 9 Poverty, Progress, and Rising Life Expectancy
Transition and Challenge

Judith Banister

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on mortality decline and the impact of China's economic reform and poverty eradication program on improving life expectancy. It shows that mortality in China, even in poor areas, further decreased during the reform era. The major contributing factors to this change are rapid economic growth, the success in poverty alleviation in poor regions, and the considerable improvement in people's living standards. Regional variations in mortality are also addressed.

Keywords:   mortality, mortality decline, poverty alleviation, regional variation

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