Weatherhead East Asian Institute and China Center for Social Policy Event
Please join us for a lecture with:
Wang Feng, Professor of Sociology,
University of California, Irvine
Jeanette C. Takamura
Dean Emerita of the Faculty of Social Work; Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy
In the last four decades, especially the last two, China’s integration into the global economy has created one of the greatest and most transformative economic miracles in human history. China is now basking under an age of abundance. Among the important factors that have led to China’s economic miracle, is its population change. China’s growth has also been accompanied by an unprecedented rise in economic and increasingly social inequality. Using an economic life-cycle approach, this talk examines changes in labor income and consumption over the life cycle, and in the country’s lifecycle surplus over the last decade, which is still quite sizable now but has started to slow down in its growth rate. Rapid population aging and persistent inequalities are two major headwinds that are likely to contribute to the ending of this age of abundance.
As a leading expert on demography, aging, and inequality, Wang Feng is Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine and Professor (invited) at Fudan University, Shanghai. He was a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (2013-2016), Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution (2010-2013), Professor at Tsinghua University (2011-2013) and Invited Visiting Professor at Keio University, Japan. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on social inequality in post-socialist societies, global demographic change and consequences and migration and social reintegration in China. Dr. Wang is the author of multiple award-winning books and is a contributor to leading global media outlets. Dr. Wang’s work has been supported by various funding sources such as Pacific Rim Research Program, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies.
This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.
No registration required
April 24, 2020
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
School of Social Work, Room C05
1255 Amsterdam Ave
Cosponsored by: School of Social Work, Columbia University