Second Annual UChicago-Renmin Symposium on Family & Labor Economics (in Chicago)

All day


Leading academics from universities in China, the United States and Europe met to discuss some of the pressing issues facing China’s workforce and population today – including children and human capital, the effects of exogenous shock, crime, gender in the workforce and sex ratios in the population.

The following excerpt is from the conference coverage found Here.

Scholars from China, Europe, and the U.S. highlighted new research on marital patterns, intergenerational living arrangements, labor migration, the Internet economy and other trends shaping life in China at this conference. Gary S. Becker, chair of the Becker Friedman Institute and co-organizer of the conference, noted that this event was the “second installment” of a fruitful exchange that began during the opening of the University’s Beijing Center in September 2010. Xiangquan Zeng, Dean of School of Labor and Human Resources at Renmin University of China, pointed out that societal shifts in China like increasing divorce rates and workforce mobility are reducing the differences in the U.S. and Chinese labor markets. As those similarities grow, there are benefits to sharing research on these issues.

Organizers:  Gary Becker (Departments of Economics and Sociology), James Heckman (Department of Economics), Dali Yang (Department of Political Science), in collaboration with the the Milton Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, and Zhong Zhao, Renmin University of China School of Labor and Human Resources.