This website reports research into poverty and social exclusion in Hong Kong. It gives facts and figures on a wide range of aspects of material and social deprivation and looks at the impact poverty has on people’s lives, prospects and well-being. It provides evidence as to the underlying causes of poverty and the key events in people’s lives that can leave them vulnerable to poverty. It tracks and assesses the impact of current policies on the poor.
The PSEHK website is part of a research project. The Poverty and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong (PSEHK) project is funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the UK Economic and Social Research Council. This research project examines direct measures of deprivation and social exclusion, and draws on public opinion to set minimum standards of living (see Consensual method).
The Social Disadvantages, Well-being and Health in Hong Kong (SDWH-HK) funded project “Trends and Implications of Poverty and Social Disadvantages in Hong Kong: A Multi-disciplinary and Longitudinal Study” is a multi-institution, inter-disciplinary longitudinal study consisting of three main research streams which aim to measure and gauge the current trends and implications of poverty and social disadvantages in Hong Kong. The first research focus is to measure the extent and nature of poverty, deprivation and exclusion in Hong Kong and the effectiveness of current policy initiatives in tackling poverty. The second research focus is to investigate the impacts of poverty, inequality and social disadvantages on young people’s health and well-being. The Interaction between poverty and health inequalities is our third focus.
Respondents to the HKCSS Poverty Survey 2011 and the PSEHK survey will be re-interviewed in two follow-up surveys in 2013 – 14 and 2015 – 16.