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Yu Xie, Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture

December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


December 1
12:00-1:30 pm
University Honors College
107 Capen Hall (inside Silverman Library)

Organized by the Department of Sociology, University at Buffalo, and cosponsored by the Confucius Institute

In this presentation, Professor Xie reviews results from his research program on income and wealth inequality in contemporary China, drawing on newly available survey data collected by several Chinese university survey organizations. He shows that income ine-quality has increased to high levels, and high wealth inequality has emerged. He proposes three propositions: (1) inequality in China has been severely impacted by certain collective mechanisms, such as regions and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political ideology has promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being perceived as functional in improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Further, he shows that political capital has a larger effect on the accumulation of wealth, particularly housing assets, than on family income.

Yu Xie is Bert G. Kerstetter University Professor of Sociology and International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. His main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, China 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.


December 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


107 Capen Hall (inside Silverman Library)
UB Honors College
UB North Campus, NY 14260 United States