“Community Networks and the Evolution of Private Enterprises in China"
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This study estimates the impact of educational infrastructure consolidation on educational attainment using the case of China's rural school merger initiatives in the early 2000s. Analyzing a unique rural household and community survey, we exploit variations in closure year and children's ages at closure to estimate effects on educational attainment. Results show an average decrease of 0.58 to 0.68 years of schooling for girls, but no significant effect for boys. Negative effects strengthen with time since closure.
Authoritarian regimes often have grand designs to control and remake the societies they govern. This talk examines several remarkable, far-reaching efforts undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party to reshape Chinese society: state-led development projects that have displaced millions; the One Child Policy, which has profoundly altered family life; and large-scale efforts to limit political protest. How do authoritarian regimes realize these far-reaching plans to control and modernize society? When do people obey? When do they resist?
If the 20th century was America's, is the 21st China's? China's current leaders, Xi Jinping in particular, appear to be making that bet, projecting power and offering economic opportunity throughout the region and beyond. And that's certainly one plausible future. But there are also other plausible futures, which could play out if variables ranging from demography to climate change to domestic political and social pressures to the changing capacity of potential competitors, develop differently than China's leaders currently seem to expect.
Sun Guofeng is the Director General of the Research Institute of People’s Bank of China. He is currently a visiting professor of Princeton University Economics Department. He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Dr.
Jews came to China as early as the Tang Dynasty, around the 8th Century. The Jewish community in Kaifeng which prospered during the Song Dynasty was known to all.
Based on a forthcoming paper in American Political Science Review, King et al write on the phenomena of social media in China. The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into social media as if they were the genuine opinions of ordinary people. Many claim that these so-called "50c party" posts vociferously argue for the government's side in political and policy debates.
HE Haibo, Tsinghua University School of Law and Harvard Law School
TENG Biao, U.S.-Asia Law Institute (NYU) and Institute for Advanced Study
Sida Liu, University of Toronto and Institute for Advanced Study
Neysun Mahboubi, University of Pennsylvania
Two major initiatives in China are gaining momentum inside and outside of the country. Internally, China’s judiciary has been leading an “open judiciary” initiative, culminating in the establishment of the Guiding Cases System, in which judges are instructed to follow Guiding Cases (“GCs”), de facto binding cases, to achieve the goals of transparency, consistency, and impartiality. To date, hundreds of court cases in China have referenced these GCs, as the civil law country that used to focus solely on statutes gradually develops its own version of a case-focused system.
Chinese politics are at a crossroads as President Xi Jinping amasses personal power and tests the constraints of collective leadership.