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November 03, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Terry Sicular

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Inequality in China: Challenges to a Harmonious Society

November 9, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Under the Hu-Wen leadership China has shifted from a reform program that emphasizes growth to one that balances growth with the pursuit of a “harmonious society.” The harmonious society program is a response to rapid increases in inequality during the 1990s, and its aim is to ensure that the benefits from growth are shared more widely. In fact, have the benefits from growth been shared more widely? Has income inequality increased or decreased during the Hu-Wen era? Drawing on recent findings from the China Household Income Project, a collaborative survey research project monitoring changes in incomes and inequality, Professor Sicular will discuss recent trends in inequality in China.

Terry Sicular is Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. She received her doctorate at Yale and has taught in the past at Stanford and Harvard. She is a specialist on the Chinese economy, speaks Mandarin, and has been studying and traveling to China for over 30 years. In the past her research focused on China’s rural economy, especially topics related to agricultural prices and market reforms. More recently she has been studying incomes and inequality in China, as well as questions regarding educational attainment and transmission, and the impact of housing reforms on household income and wealth. She has published widely in scholarly journals and some books, including as a contributor and co-editor of Inequality and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. She has served as a consultant to international donor organizations, and is a co-leader in the ongoing, China Household Income Project, a collaborative research project that conducts a nationwide household survey and monitors trends in China’s incomes and inequality.

Posted by zzhu at November 3, 2010 07:36 PM