It is difficult to predict how the lives of resettled families will change over the long term.
What is clear, however, is that the different outcomes seen in the data—resettled house-
holds in Lancang County receiving monetary sums many times greater than those resettled
earlier—represent much more than the machinations of the market economy. These data
show a clear and deliberate application of state policy to address the widespread poverty,
joblessness, and other social problems associated with dam-inducted displacement. Com-