The policy information gap and resettlers’ well-being : Evidence from the anti-poverty relocation and resettlement program in China

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2957
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number8
Online published24 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes



The widespread dissemination of policy information is necessary for the success of the public policy, but the distribution of information among vulnerable groups has received little attention. We examined a public policy that focuses on the poorest people in China, the anti-poverty relocation and settlement program (ARSP). The infrastructure in the region where the policy is implemented is weak, and the information literacy of resettlers is low. This study analyses the impact of the policy information gap on the subjective well-being of resettlers. We found that the distribution of policy information among the poor is uneven, and the resettlers compare the policy information they obtain with a reference group (working-age people and less-educated people in the same village/community) to generate a policy information gap. The policy information gap indirectly affects subjective well-being by affecting the probability that people will be exposed to risks due to policy. As the policy information gap increases, the subjective well-being of resettlers changes in an inverted U-shape. This impact varies significantly among different groups, policy implementation stages, and resettlement methods. Attention should be paid to the information acquisition ability of the vulnerable groups and the welfare effects of social comparison, and to improve the method of publicizing policy information, which helps to improve the well-being of resettlers.

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  • Anti-poverty relocation and settlement program (ARSP), Policy information gap (PIG), Subjective well-being (SWB)

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