Third Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality: Beijing 2015






All day
Through July 3, 2015

Jun. 29

The Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality provides a state-of-the-art overview of the study of inequality and human flourishing both globally and more specifically in China. It is designed for graduate students and young faculty and aims to both encourage younger scholars and to promote interactions between Western-based and China- based researchers. Through rigorous lectures, students will be exposed to the tools needed to study inequality. These tools are particularly important because the integration of psychological and sociological insights into the foundations of human behavior into conventional economic models requires new methods.

During this intense program, students will attend lectures, engage in discussions with leading faculty, present their own research and interact with peers.

Students are selected from a diverse, competitive applicant pool and represent many disciplines including: economics, public policy, sociology, social thought, and social work. Faculty are selected by the SSSI directors from the fields of economics, finance, statistics, and sociology.

SSSI has been previously held in Chicago (2012 and 2013), Beijing (2013 and 2014) and Cambridge, UK (2014).

For general information, please visit our Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality information page.

If you are a registered student and would like to access the reading materials, please see information e-mail titled “Important: Details for SSSI Beijing 2015”.

Private Event
Attendance is by invitation only. If interested in attending please contact


Lawrence Blume
Cornell University / IHS Vienna
Chao Fu
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lawrence Blume
Cornell University / IHS Vienna
James Foster
George Washington University
Chao Fu
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sanjeev Goyal
University of Cambridge
Mark Rosenzweig
Yale University
Scott Rozelle
Stanford University
Jeffrey Smith
University of Michigan
Junsen Zhang
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Xiaobo Zhang
International Food Policy Research Institute




10:00AM–1:00PM TBA
James Foster, George Washington University

1:00–2:00PM Lunch

2:00–5:00PM Social Interactions, Social Networks, and Inequality
Lawrence Blume, Cornell University

5:30-7:30PM Student-Faculty Dinner



10:00AM–1:00PM Agriculture, Nutrition, and Inequality
Xiaobo Zhang, Peking University

1:00–2:00PM Lunch

2:00–5:00PM Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing Data from
In-the-field RCTs in China
Scott Rozelle, Stanford University



10:00AM–1:00PM Networks and Inequality
Sanjeev Goyal, University of Cambridge

1:00–2:00PM Lunch

2:00–5:00PM Structural Models for Labor Force Participation

Chao Fu, University of Wisconsin–Madison



10:00AM–1:00PM TBA
Junsen Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong

1:00–2:00PM Lunch

2:00–5:00PM Remedying Global Earnings Inequality
Mark Rosenzweig, Yale University



10:00AM–1:00PM Program Evaluation
Jeffrey Smith, University of Michigan

1:00–2:00PM Closing Lunch



Cornell University
Lawrence E. Blume is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell University, a Visiting Research Professor at IHS, and a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, where he has served as Co-Director of the Economics Program and on the Institute’s steering committee. He teaches and conducts research in general equilibrium theory and game theory and also has research projects on the theory and measurement of behavior in social networks. Along with Steven N. Durlauf, Blume is one of the general editors of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd ed. Currently, he is the associate editor of the Journal for Economic Literature.
Blume received a B.A. in Economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


George Washington University
James Foster is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also research associate at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at Oxford University. His research is in development and theory, with an emphasis on measurement of poverty, inequality and wellbeing. Current research includes projects on measuring ultrapoverty, corruption, aspirations, subjective wellbeing, mobility, service delivery, robustness of multidimensional measures, and education quality. He received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hidalgo in Mexico.
Foster received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from New College of Florida in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1982.


University of Wisconsin–Madison
Chao Fu is an assistant professor at the department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She studies the market for higher education and the equilibrium effects of various policy interventions on the college market. She also studies the interaction between the labor market and the market for crime.
Fu received a B.A. in Economics from Xiamen University in 2002, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.


University of Cambridge
Sanjeev Goyal is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He is a pioneer and leading international scholar in the study of social and economic networks. His research has appeared in leading international journals like Econometrica, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies. In 2007, Princeton University Press published his book Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks. A Chinese translation was published by Beijing University Press in 2010. He was the founding director of the Cambridge INET Institute and a founding co-editor of the journal, Network Science.
Goyal received a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from Delhi University in 1983, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, an an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1989 and 1990, respectively.


Stanford University
Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. 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 is currently a member of several organizations, including the American Economics Association, the International Association for Agricultural Economists, and the Association for Asian Studies.
Rozelle received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University in 1990.


Yale University
Mark Rosenzweig is the Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics and director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University. He taught previously at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Minnesota. He has made seminal contributions to understanding economic development by combining theory with shrewd empirical work, with the latter focused mainly in South Asia and China. His research has covered a wide range of topics, including marital and fertility decisions, risk coping mechanisms, labor markets, human capital decisions, the adoption of technologies, and the provision of local public goods. Rosenzweig is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Yangtze River Scholar. As director of the Economic Growth Center, he has recently overseen large-scale panel data collection projects.
Rosenzweig received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1969, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1971 and 1973, respectively.


University of Michigan
Jeffrey Smith is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 1994 to 2001 he was on the faculty at the University of Western Ontario and from 2001 to 2005 he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland. His research centers on experimental and non-experimental methods for the evaluation of interventions, with particular application to social and educational programs. He has also written papers examining the labor market effects of university quality and the use of statistical treatment rules to assign persons to government programs. He has consulted to governments in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia on evaluation issues.
Smith received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1985, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1987 and 1996, respectively.


Chinese University of Hong Kong
Junsen Zhang is currently the Wei Lun Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. His research (both theoretical and empirical) has focused on the economics of family behavior, including crime, fertility, marriage, human capital investment, and old-age support (pensions). Using quantitative methods and many data sets from different countries (regions), either micro or macro, he has studied economic issues in Canada, USA, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and especially mainland China.
Professor Zhang received a B.Sc. in Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1983, and an M.A. and Ph.D. both in Economics from McMaster University in 1986 and 1990, respectively.


Peking University
Xiaobo Zhang is “National One Thousand Talent Program” Chair Professor of Economics at the National School of Development at Peking University and senior research fellow of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He has published widely in the fields of economic growth, income distribution, public investment, and rural industrialization in China and other developing countries. He is a Co-editor of Chinese Economic Review. He was selected as the president of Chinese Economists Society from 2005 to 2006.
Zhang received a B.S. in Mathematics from Nankai University in 1987, an M.S. in Economics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics in 1990, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University in 1998 and 2000, respectively.