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Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of Hong Kong welfare programs in reducing child poverty
Children & Society (2018)
  • Chi-Kin Kelvin Cheung
  • Wai-Sum Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Kee Lee Chou, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Ka-wai, Maggie LAU, Lingnan University
Abstract
This paper examines the effectiveness and efficiency of welfare programmes that are relevant to child poverty reduction in Hong Kong. We employ data from a cross‐sectional survey of a representative sample of families, conducted in 2015 through face‐to‐face interviews. Our results indicate that all four welfare programmes were inadequate in alleviating child poverty. This was either due to the deep poverty gap to be filled or high rates of exclusion error. Most programmes are also inefficient because of inclusion error. We conclude by suggesting some policy implications for the welfare programmes.
Keywords
  • Child poverty,
  • effectiveness,
  • efficiency,
  • welfare program,
  • Hong Kong
Publication Date
Summer July 8, 2018
DOI
10.1111/chso.12290
Citation Information
Chi-Kin Kelvin Cheung, Wai-Sum Chan, Kee Lee Chou and Ka-wai, Maggie LAU. "Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of Hong Kong welfare programs in reducing child poverty" Children & Society Vol. xx Iss. xx (2018) p. 1 - 11
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/maggielau/31/