Since 2006, Yongai Jin has been studying and working at the Population Development Studies Center at Renmin University of China (RUC). As a core member of the center, Jin participated in every stage of the fertility policy adjustment project launched by the National Health and Family Planning Commission in 2008. The project built the blueprint as well as the implementation details for both the conditional two-child policy released in 2013 and the universal two-child policy released in 2016. Jin is also known as a young scholar in fertility and family studies. Her research on fertility, family, women, and children’s development has been funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Education, and the National Social Science Fund of China, to name a few. Jin began her research in wealth inequality when she was a master’s student in 2012 and continued this research in her dissertation for her PhD. Her research explored the status, underlying mechanisms, dynamics, and social consequences of household wealth inequality, adding an important perspective to the understanding of social inequality in contemporary China. Jin published her research in top journals in both Chinese and English.
As a Global Scholar at Princeton, Jin possesses rich experience in public policy making and wealth inequality that will be an extraordinary addition to Princeton’s intellectual life, especially for the growing number of faculty and students doing research on contemporary China. As planned, she will sit in class to lead a few sessions or assist with the teaching in Professor Yu Xie’s Global Seminar on Contemporary Chinese Society. In addition, Jin is open to cooperating with faculty and students who are interested in China studies.