PANEL: Gender Inequality in China: New Evidence and Policy Directions

April 6, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027

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FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; livestream available (opens ten minutes beforehand).

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China’s economic boom, now in its fourth decade, has created an unprecedented number of employment opportunities. Yet in China as elsewhere, a gender pay gap persists, and many Chinese women continue to bear the burden of responsibility for child care, household duties, and care for the elderly. CSSW’s newest professor, Qin Gao, joins with two economist colleagues, Drs. Xiao-yuan Dong and Terry Sicular, to consider factors that could help to close this gap, such as changing care arrangements and women’s education. Economist Carl Riskin, author of the first two UNDP National Human Development Reports for China, provides commentary.


Qin Gao is an associate professor at Columbia School of Social work and a faculty affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Her research examines poverty, inequality, and social and economic policies in China. She is about to publish a book, Welfare, Work and Poverty: Social Assistance in China with Oxford University Press (forthcoming April 2017).

Xiao-yuan Dong, a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, focuses her research on China’s economic transition and development, with an emphasis on labor and gender issues.

Terry Sicular is a professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a specialist on the Chinese economy and income inequality in China, including topics related to gender, education and the middle class.