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How Will the Rural Economy Support or Drag Down China's Future Growth? with Scott Rozelle

How Will the Rural Economy Support or Drag Down China's Future Growth? with Scott Rozelle In-Person

Join us for the annual Judith and Marshall Meyer Lecture on China with Dr. Scott Rozelle.

China’s growth has relied heavily on unskilled labor. Most of these workers have never been to high school. While this national growth strategy has been effective for three decades, employment in manufacturing and construction is now falling. Drawing on national datasets and the author’s own surveys, the talk will show that the labor force’s low levels of human capital is making it impossible for many unable to find work in the formal workplace. The presentation also will demonstrate that the labor market is now experiencing a reversal in the unskilled wage which could portend the start of economy-wide polarization. Coupled with low levels of social protection, the fact that around 900 million people in China are low income means that the nation’s strategy to stimulate demand may be challenging.

Register to join us in person, or watch live or later on Vimeo. Click here to watch online. A book signing with Iconoclast Books will follow the presentation.

Scott Rozelle holds the Helen Farnsworth Endowed Professorship at Stanford University and is Senior Fellow in the Food Security and Environment Program and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies. He is also the author, with Natalie Hell, of Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China's Rise. His research focuses on agricultural economics, development economics and the economics of poverty—with an emphasis on the economics of education, health and early childhood development (ECD). Rozelle is the co-founder aand co-director of the newest Center at Stanford University, the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI). He also is the founder and director of one of SCCEI’s main initiatives, the Rural Education Action Project (REAP), an organization at Stanford University that seeks to evaluate China’s new education, health and ECD programs and have an impact on policy. He is fluent in Chinese and has established a research program of nearly 40 years in which he has close working ties with Chinese collaborators and policy makers. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
  Lectures & Conversations  
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More about Dr. Rozelle: All of his work is highly empirical using primary data sources. He has almost certainly conducted more survey-based field studies in China than any other economist from outside of China. Scott has considerable experience designing and studying related behavioral interventions to improve education and nutrition and health. As director of the Rural Education Action Project, he has been PI on more than 50 projects over the past 15 years that have been conducted as Randomized Controlled Trials in schools, villages and hospitals.

The hallmark of Rozelle’s work is that it is all collaborative with academics inside China. He is the chair of the International Advisory Board of the China Center for Agricultural Policy at Peking University—one of the main collaborating institute in China for this project. He also is an adjunct professor in more than 10 universities in China. Through these collaborations, Rozelle and his coauthors have published more than 500 SCI, SSCI and PubMed papers over the years. His work has been cited more than 40,000 times. He is one of the top five published agricultural/development economists in the world.

In recognition of his long-standing work, Rozelle has been awarded a large number of the top honors and awards in the US and almost all awards that a foreigner can earn inside China:

  • Foreign Scientist Collaboration Award, National Award on the 70th Anniversary of Founding of the PRC, awarded jointly by the National Party Committee and the State Council, 2019
  • National Award for Collaborative Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Peoples Republic of China, 2009
  • National Friendship Award—Highest Honor Given to Foreigner for Contribution to China (awarded by Premiere), 2008
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Award for Outstanding Science and Collaborative Research, 2007
  • Fellow of the American Agricultural Economic Association, 2007
  • Yangtse Fellow, Award Given by China’s Ministry of Education in Collaboration with Remin University, 2007-2010.

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