Cornell University

CCCI & CICER Student Symposium 2017: Global China

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:30am to 4:30pm

Warren Hall, 401

9:30AM | Breakfast

10:00AM | Opening Statements


Professor Xiaobo Zhang, Professor of Economics, Peking University

"The Economic and Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in China"

Sex ratios have become increasing skewed in China in the past several decades. There are at least 30 million excess men in the marriage market. With unfavorable marriage market conditions, families with sons much work hard and take more risks. We find that the sex ratio imbalance has stimulated entrepreneurship, push up household savings rate, and bid up housing prices. Meanwhile, the over-competition has caused many negative health consequences, such as depression, work-related injuries, and excess mortality. 

12:00PM | Lunch

1:00PM | Student Panel 1: Policy and Power under the Chinese Communist Party

  • Jihyun Han (Ph.D., History) – "The Origin of the Hukou System Revisited"
  • Mengxi Sun (M.A., Asian Studies) – "The 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative as China's Soft Power Launch Pad: Prospects, Dilemmas, and Contentions"
  • Allison Lapehn (B.S., ILR) – "The Anti-Corruption Campaign of Xi Jinping:Informed by Past Policy, Impacting Future Investment"

2:00PM | Q&A Moderator: Yiding Ma (M.P.S., AEM)

2:45PM | Student Panel 2: Chinese Society in Transition and Distress

  • Jing Qian (Ph.D., AEM) – "Anti-corruption and Economic Activities"
  • Deyu Rao (M.S., AEM) – "Air Pollution and Health Spending: Evidence from China"
  • Ziye Zhang (Ph.D., City & Regional Planning) – "An Investigation of Vertical Housing Information"

3:45PM | Q&A Moderator: Zhe Xiong (M.P.S., AEM)


Free and open to the public

Event Type

Conference/Workshop, Lecture, Symposium


Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, East Asia Program, Global Cornell




Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

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Professor Xiaobo Zhang

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Peking University

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