Investigating Social Welfare Change in Urban Village Transformation: A Rural Migrant Perspective
Haijun Bao (),
Yan Fang (),
Qunying Ye () and
Yi Peng ()
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Haijun Bao: Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
Yan Fang: Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
Qunying Ye: Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
Yi Peng: Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2018, vol. 139, issue 2, 723-743
Abstract An increasing number of large cities have experienced urban village transformation because of the rapid industrialization and urbanization in China. Extant literature largely focuses on urban village transformation and its ensuing developments. This research examined the social welfare change through six welfare categories of indicators, namely, economic condition, dwelling condition, development opportunity, social security, living environment, and psychology. Value change in fuzzy membership was used to reveal the changes in social welfare for rural migrants before and after urban village transformation. Data were collected from questionnaires distributed in four cities of Zhejiang Province in 2014. Fuzzy assessment model was developed to analyze the collected data. Results corroborated that nearly all the values of the welfare categories decreased, except for the value of dwelling condition. The findings confirmed that the rural migrants do not primarily receive the benefits of urban village transformation. In addition, such transformation does not improve urban village harmony. Various measures should be applied to improve rural migrant welfare, including enhancing rural migrant settlement intention, encouraging rural migrants to return to their respective hometowns, and implementing policies for regionally differentiated welfare rights. The findings of this study can provide references for local governments to substantially implement urban village transformation.
Keywords: Rural migrant welfare change; Urban village transformation; Sen’s capability theory; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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