2019 CHINA CENTER ANNUAL LECTURE: Income and Wealth Distribution in China

October 2, 2019 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Social Work Building, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, Room C03

Event Organizer

China Center for Social Policy

Delivered by
LI SHI, Professor of Economics, Zhejiang University and Beijing Normal University, China

CARL RISKIN, Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Economics, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Distinguished Professor, CUNY Queens College

Moderated by
QIN GAO, Professor and Director of China Center for Social Policy, Columbia School of Social Work

Sponsored by
China Center on Social Policy

China’s wealth distribution has been widening since the beginning of the 21st century, and it has also seen a rise in income inequality in the first three decades of its economic transition. Less clear, however, is whether this trend has continued during the fourth decade. Using the 2002, 2013, and 2018 waves of data from the China Household Income Project (CHIP), Li Shi (bio), an expert on income distribution, poverty and rural migration in China, will analyze China’s current income and wealth inequality trends and their causes. Commenting on his lecture will be Carl Riskin (bio), whose primary research is concerned with human development and who has written extensively on inequality and poverty in China. Qin Gao (bio) will moderate the discussion.