A Talk with Professor Yu XIE
Yu Xie: Professor Xie joined the faculty of Princeton University on August 1, 2015. Before that, he was the Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan for 26 years, and a research professor in the Population Studies Center at Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Also, he directed the Quantitative Methodology Program at the Survey Research Center. Professor Xie’s research interests are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, Chinese studies, and sociology of science. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Yu Xie educated and entertained a crowd of eager listeners during his lecture. He spoke about his research concerning inequality in China, focusing on its causes, relevance to contemporary Chinese society, and implications for the future. In order for listeners to better understand the extent of wealth and income inequality in China, he presented several different data sources and examined their strengths and weaknesses. He suggested that China has a uniquely high level of inequality relative to other countries at similar stages of development, and explained a number of historical and cultural factors that have led to the current situation. He explained structural forces, specifically workplace structures, that have led to inequality. Finally, he suggested that Chinese people have a high tolerance for inequality because of traditional merit-based political ideology, and because they expect economic development to inevitably lead to inequality. The lecture was informative, coherent, and engaging, and demonstrated why Princeton is so lucky to have Yu Xie!
Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Location: Yenching Academy, Peking University
Organizers: Princeton China Center, Princeton Alumni Association of Beijing, Center for Social Research of Peking University