Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

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China is Purging Celebrities and Tech Billionaires. But the Problem is Bigger than 'Sissy Men'

September 2021

The Los Angeles Times writes about China's new "common prosperity" campaign to narrow the gap between rich and poor. However Scott Rozelle doesn't think "any of these...

Forbes: How China’s GDP Growth Fails To Measure Its Standard Of Living: The Tragedy Of The Current Recentralization

September 2021

Author Anne Stevenson-Yang exposes the unseen rural China and states that "the best corrective to misunderstandings about this “invisible China” is a book that came out in 2020 and remains the...

EURiCS: The Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 Control Measures in Rural China

July 2021

Scott Rozelle discusses the impact of COVID-19 control measures on employment and education in rural China during a presentation given to the EURICS/IFRAE/Universite de Liege webinar series.

The Strategist Reviews Scott Rozelle's Book, 'Invisible China'

July 2021

"[Rozelle and Hell's] fresh book, Invisible China, focuses on an issue that has received little attention, China’s vast, isolated and long-neglected rural population. As the authors see it...

The Guardian: 'Poverty Divides Us': Gap Between Rich and Poor Poses Threat to China

July 2021

Xi Jinping himself has warned China’s wealth gap is not only economic but political and could threaten party’s legitimacy. Scott Rozelle is quoted sharing just how rare it is for someone in China to...

Aljazeera: As China’s Communist Party Turns 100, Economic Challenges Loom

June 2021

"As the ruling Communist Party celebrates its 100th anniversary this week, China’s leaders face formidable economic challenges, from falling birth rates and income inequality to rural-urban...

Financial Times: China Must Pivot to Consumption-Led Growth or Risk Decline

June 2021

Author George Magnus, Research Associate at Oxford University’s China Centre, features research from Scott Rozelle in this Financial Times letter.

The Wire China: Scott Rozelle on China's Rural Problem

June 2021

In this article by the Wire Scott Rozelle, SCCEI Co-Director and development economist, talks about the middle income trap, educating China's children, and why we should all want China's...

The Globe and Mail: China's Aging-Population Crisis is a Mess of its Own Making

June 2021

"Other countries might be able to address their shrinking workforce by replacing quantity with quality. But according to Invisible China, a new book by Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell, the...

Aljazeera: Despite Three-Child Policy, Many in China Can't Afford More Kids

June 2021

This article features Scott Rozelle's research on China's demographics and labor force in China. Rozelle's work indicates that China has a lower quality work force "because China...

The Globe and Mail: China Prizes Education, So Why are Some Children Still Left Behind?

June 2021

Author Nathan Vanderklippe quotes Scott Rozelle and references his research about the need for improved parenting education in rural China to reduce the number of cognitively delayed babies across...

The Manila Times: Can '3-Child Policy' Solve China's Shrinking Workforce and Aging Population caused by Decades of Female Scarcity?

June 2021

The Manila Times references Scott Rozelle's newest book "Invisible China" while discussing China's ability, or lack there of, to replace its aging labor force.

VoxChina: "Invisible China: Hundreds of Millions of Rural Underemployed May Slow China’s Growth"

June 2021

According to World Bank data, only a handful of economies have risen from middle to high income since 1960. But a large group of countries has remained middle income for decades, seemingly unable to...

The Economist: Education in China is Becoming Increasingly Unfair to the Poor

May 2021

SCCEI director Scott Rozelle's research on the disadvantages to the hukou education system in China is featured in this article published in "The Economist." Rozelle is quoted saying...

Foreign Affairs: 'China's Inconvenient Truth' Features Scott Rozelle's Research

May 2021

In this piece written by Hoover senior fellow Elizabeth Economy for Foreign Affairs, Economy highlight's Scott Rozelle's research detailing the lack of educational opportunities—in terms of...

The Conversation: If China’s Middle Class Continues to Thrive and Grow, What Will it Mean for the Rest of the World?

April 2021

Amitrajeet Batabyal quotes Scott Rozelle in his article discussing China's status as a middle-income nation and their possible rise to high-income.

Economist Global Business Review Lists 'Invisible China' in their article, Five Books You Shouldn't Miss This Year | Editor-in-Chief Recommendations

April 2021

The Economist Global Business Review listed the Invisible China as one of the five notable books in 2021. This list is made by the editors from the Economist for the World Reading Day (April 23, 2021...

ChinaTalk Podcast with Scott Rozelle

April 2021

Scott Rozelle joins ChinaTalk to discuss his recent book "Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise", co-authored with Natalie Hell. The podcast discusses how China...

Asia Matters Podcast: China Faces Up to its Biggest Challenges

March 2021

On the Asia Matters podcast, Andrew Peaple speaks to economists Tao Wang and Jinny Yan, and academic Scott Rozelle about China's economy.

Politico: Biden Bets Big on Asia

March 2021

Jude Blanchette from CSIS recommends Scott Rozelle's new book "Invisible China" saying, "If you’re thinking seriously about China’s future trajectory, it’s imperative you read...

Politico: 'Beijing's Visions of American Decline'

March 2021

Scott Rozelle is quoted in the Politico China Watcher newsletter speaking about China's Five Year Plan and what's missing. Rozelle focusses on China's need to dedicate more resources...

The Daily Reckoning Australia: Invisible China with Professor Scott Rozelle

March 2021

The Daily Reckoning Australia host speaks with Scott Rozelle about why China is facing an internal crisis no one in the world is watching except him.

SCCEI "Faculty Meet and Greet" Spotlights New Center Goals and Research Agenda

February 2021

Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) Co-Directors Scott Rozelle and Hongbin Li hosted a “Faculty Meet & Greet” event to introduce the academic community to the work they...

Foreign Policy: China Will Run Out of Growth if it Doesn't Fix its Rural Crisis

February 2021

Chorzempa & Huang write on China's rural human capital crisis stating that "no country with China's vast education and public health problems has ever broken out of the ranks of...

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