Conference: Expanding Social Policy in China


Past Event

Conference: Expanding Social Policy in China

March 21, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University

About the Conference

The Chinese government has set ambitious goals in expanding social policy in its 13th five-year plan, with a particular focus on six domains: health, education, housing, pensions, disability, and poverty alleviation. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October 2017 reiterated these goals, with a specific emphasis to address the growing tension between “unbalanced and inadequate development and people’s ever-growing needs for a better life.” Against this backdrop, the China Center for Social Policy will host an all-day conference on “Expanding Social Policy in China” on March 21, 2018, at Columbia University in New York City. The conference is co-sponsored by the Columbia School of Social Work, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, the Confucius Institute, and the China Institute for Income Distribution at Beijing Normal University.

The conference will invite leading social policy scholars and practitioners from around the world to come together and hold a dialogue on four themes: 1) recent trends and developments in social policy in China; 2) poverty, inequality, and public policies; 3) child development and well-being; and 4) future directions of social policy in China, taking into consideration the influences of political, economic, cultural, and other factors. The conference is free and open to the public. 

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9:00 – 9:20 a.m.: Opening Remarks

Qin Gao, Director, China Center for Social Policy, Columbia University

Xiaobo Lü, Acting Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

9:20 – 10:50 a.m.: Session 1

Expanding Social Policy in China: Recent Trends and Developments

Chair: Jane Duckett (University of Glasgow)

Wang Feng (UC-Irvine)

Expansion of Public Transfers in China: Who are the Beneficiaries?

Xian Huang (Rutgers University)

When Top-Down Meets Bottom-Up: Local Adoption of Social Policy Reform in China

Qin Gao (Columbia University)

China's War on Poverty: Will It Succeed?

Discussant: Mark Frazier (New School University)

10:50 – 11:10 a.m.: Coffee/Tea Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. : Session 2

Poverty, Inequality & Public Policies

Chair: George Hong (Fordham University)

Juan Yang (Beijing Normal University)

The Impact of Education Expansion on Wage Inequality in China

Quheng Deng (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Educational Assortative Mating and Income Inequality in Urban China

Sui Yang (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

The Effects of Rural Dibao on Poverty Reduction

Yanxia Zhang (China Agricultural University)

Aging Challenge and Care Crisis in Rural China

Discussant: Chris Wimer (Columbia University)

12:50 – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch Break 

2:00 – 3:40 p.m.: Session 3

Child Development and Well-being

Chair:  Sarah Jessup (Children of China Pediatrics Foundation)

Emily Hannum (University of Pennsylvania)​

Estimating the Effects of Educational System Contraction: The Case of China’s Rural School Merger Initiative.

Yao Lu (Columbia University)

Migration and Children’s Psychological and Cognitive Development in China: New Evidence from a National Survey

Karen Fisher (University of New South Wales, Sydney)

Changes to State Child Welfare Institutions in Response to Mixed Welfare Expectations

Jillian Popkins (UNICEF China)

Essential Basic Services for Early Child Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Discussant: Bruce Bradbury (University of New South Wales, Sydney

3:40 – 4:00 p.m.: Coffee/Tea Break

4:00 – 5:40 p.m.: Session 4

Roundtable on the Future of Chinese Social Policy

Chair: Andrew Nathan (Columbia University)

Chuliang Luo (Beijing Normal University)

Public Policies to Address Inequality in China: What’s Expected to Happen?

Dorothy Solinger (UC-Irvine)

Fighting Urban Poverty: Extrapolating the Future from Chinese Politics and Views of the Indigent

Jinyu Liu (Columbia University)

Expanding Elder Care Services in China

Bin Xu (Emory University)

Civil Society and Civic Engagement: Reflections and Policy Implications

Tobias ten Brink (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)

Global Social Policy Dynamics and China: A Research Agenda

Discussant: Carl Riskin (Columbia University and CUNY Queens College)

5:40 – 6:00 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

Qin Gao, Director, China Center for Social Policy, Columbia University

Irwin Garfinkel, Interim Dean, Columbia School of Social Work

Bruce Bradbury, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Quheng Deng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Jane Duckett, University of Glasgow

Karen Fisher, University of New South Wales – Sydney

Mark Frazier, New School University

Qin Gao, Columbia University

Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan

Irwin Garfinkel, Columbia University

Huawei Han, Beijing Normal University

Emily Hannum, University of Pennsylvania

George Hong, Fordham University

Xian Huang, Rutgers University

Sara Jessup, Children of China Pediatrics Foundation

Jinyu Liu, Columbia University

Yao Lu, Columbia University

Xiaobo Lü, Columbia University

Chuliang Luo, Beijing Normal University

Andrew Nathan, Columbia University

Carl Riskin, Columbia University

Dorothy Solinger, UC-Irvine

Matthias Stepan, MERICS

Tobias ten Brink, Jacobs University Bremen

Wang Feng, UC-Irvine

Yake Wang, University of International Business and Economics

Chris Wimer, Columbia University

Bin Xu, Emory University

Juan Yang, Beijing Normal University

Sui Yang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Yanxia Zhang, China Agricultural University

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