Faculty group:  Kong-Pin Chen, Wen-Tai Hsu, Wei-Min Hu, Hao-Chung Li, Tzu-Ting Yang

All seminars will be arranged by Zoom (online). If you would like to attend the seminar, please register using the link on the main page of this website. Paper abstracts and links will be made available beforehand whenever possible. For more information about each seminar, please contact Ms. Hanpei Tseng (hptseng@econ.sinica.edu.tw

Upcoming seminar: 


Tuesday, August 30, 2022  14:30-16:00 (TPE time)

Speaker: Prof. Weihong Zeng (Xi'an Jiaotong University) Personal Webpage

Title: Persistence Despite Revolutions

Abstract: Can efforts to eradicate inequality in wealth and education eliminate intergenerational persistence of socioeconomic status? The Chinese Communist Revolution and Cultural Revolution aimed to do exactly that. Using newly digitized archival records and contemporary census and household survey data, we show that the revolutions were effective in homogenizing the population economically in the short run. However, the pattern of inequality that characterized the pre-revolution generation re-emerges today. Almost half a century after the revolutions, individuals whose grandparents belonged to the pre-revolution elite earn 16 percent more income and have completed more than 11 percent additional years of schooling than those from non-elite households. We find evidence that human capital (such as knowledge, skills, and values) has been transmitted within the families, and the social capital embodied in kinship networks has survived the revolutions. These channels allow the pre-revolution elite to rebound after the revolutions, and their socioeconomic status persists despite one of the most aggressive attempts to eliminate differences in the population.


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Forthcoming seminar: 


Tuesday, September 13, 2022  14:30-16:00 (TPE time)

Speaker: Prof. Michael Zheng Song (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Personal Webpage

Title: TBA



Tuesday, October 4, 2022  14:30-16:00 (TPE time)

Speaker: Prof. Xiaodong Zhu (University of Toronto) Personal Webpage

Title: TBA



Tuesday, November 15, 2022  10:00-11:30 (TPE time)

Speaker: Prof. Ruixue Jia (University of California, San Diego) Personal Webpage

Title: TBA



Tuesday, December 6, 2022  14:30-16:00 (TPE time)

Speaker: Prof. Bingjing Li (University of Hong Kong) Personal Webpage

Title: TBA