Economic Affairs

Scholarly Publications

Complicating China’s Rise: Rural Underemployment

China’s economy has doubled in size every eight years since 1979, making it over 32 times bigger now then it was then and the second largest in the world today.1 Four decades of growth have ushered...

Moving Beyond Lewis: Employment and Wage Trends in China’s High- and Low-Skilled Industries and the Emergence of an Era of Polarization

October 2020

One of the defining features of China’s economy over the two decades between 1995 and 2015 was the persistent rise of wages for workers and professionals in nearly every segment of the economy—with...

Off the Epicenter: COVID-19 Quarantine Controls and Employment, Education, and Health Impacts in Rural Communities

October 2020

In late January 2020, China’s government initiated its first aggressive measures to combat COVID-19 by forbidding individuals from leaving their homes, radically limiting public transportation,...

Other Publications

Tracking China's Economic Path

Stanford scholars are setting and expanding research agendas to analyze China’s economic development and its impact on the world. The newly launched Stanford Center on China’s Economy and...

News

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.

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...

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...

Events

China Chats with Stanford Faculty: The Rise of Robots in China with Professor Hongbin Li

February 24, 2021

China Chats with Stanford Faculty The Rise of Robots in China with Professor Hongbin Li China’s production and adoption of robotic technology have accelerated rapidly in recent years, surpassing...

China Chats with Stanford Faculty - "Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China's Rise"

February 24, 2021

China Chats with Stanford Faculty "Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China's Rise" Friday, March 12, 2021 5 PM - 6 PM PDT Saturday, March 13, 2021 9 AM - 10 AM Beijing   As the...

China Chats with Stanford Faculty: USA vs China: A New Cold War? Great Power Relations and Competition in the 21st Century with Prof. Michael McFaul

February 24, 2021

China Chats with Stanford Faculty USA vs China:  A New Cold War? Great Power Relations and Competition in the 21st Century Thirty years ago, the Cold War ended.

People

Dr. Hongbin Li Hongbin Li Senior Fellow Co-director, SCCEI