Invisible China: How the Urban Rural Divide Threatens China's RiseVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Jack Tang Memorial Lecture
17:00 Opening Remarks
17:20 Fireside Chat
17:55 Closing Remarks
18:00 Drinks Reception
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China’s phenomenal economic growth over the past four decades has relied largely on a vast population of unskilled and poorly educated laborers from rural areas. As China’s economy transitions to a new phase of growth requiring a more highly skilled and well-educated workforce, what will happen to the legions of workers unable to fulfill China’s changing labor demands? Can China close the education gap quickly enough to avoid creating a large unemployed population and to meet its labor needs and drive economic growth? Join Asia Society Hong Kong Center as Stanford University Professor Scott Rozelle answers these questions and discusses the lessons of his recent book, Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise, in conversation with University of Hong Kong Professor Yiming Cao.
Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of Stanford’s Center on China's Economy and Institutions in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. He received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MS and PhD from Cornell University. Previously, Rozelle was a professor at the University of California, Davis and an assistant professor in Stanford’s Food Research Institute and Department of Economics. He currently is a member of several organizations, including the American Economics Association, the International Association for Agricultural Economists, and the Association for Asian Studies. Rozelle also serves on the editorial boards of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Agricultural Economics, the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the China Economic Review.
His research focuses almost exclusively on China and is concerned with agricultural policy, including the supply, demand, and trade in agricultural projects; the emergence and evolution of markets and other economic institutions in the transition process and their implications for equity and efficiency; and the economics of poverty and inequality, with an emphasis on rural education, health and nutrition.
Rozelle's papers have been published in top academic journals, including Science, Nature, American Economic Review, and the Journal of Economic Literature. He is fluent in Chinese and has established a research program in which he has close working ties with several Chinese collaborators and policymakers. For the past 20 years, Rozelle has been the chair of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy; a co-director of the University of California's Agricultural Issues Center; and a member of Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Center on Food Security and the Environment.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Rozelle has received numerous honors and awards, including the Friendship Award in 2008, the highest award given to a non-Chinese by the Premier; and the National Science and Technology Collaboration Award in 2009 for scientific achievement in collaborative research.
Yiming Cao is a development economist with a keen focus on political economy. His research delves into understanding the institutional and cultural factors that underpin significant development hurdles, such as corruption and conflict.
The Jack Tang Memorial Lecture Series pays tribute to Dr. Jack Tang, a founder of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and honors his legacy as a prominent business leader, educator, and philanthropist. Dr. Tang believed strongly in providing opportunities for the next generation and was an ardent supporter of numerous education initiatives in the US and China.
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