Past Event

On Campus Conference: Expanding Social Policy in China

March 21, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University

The Chinese government has set ambitious goals in expanding social policy in its 13th five-year plan, with a particular focus on six domains: health, education, housing, pensions, disability, and poverty alleviation. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October 2017 reiterated these goals, with a specific emphasis to address the growing tension between "unbalanced and inadequate development and people's ever-growing needs for a better life." Against this backdrop, the China Center for Social Policy will host an all-day conference on "Expanding Social Policy in China" on March 21, 2018, at Columbia University in New York City. 

The conference will invite leading social policy scholars and practitioners from around the world to come together and hold a dialogue on four themes: 1) recent trends and developments in social policy in China; 2) poverty, inequality, and public policies; 3) child development and well-being; and 4) future directions of social policy in China, taking into consideration the influences of political, economic, cultural, and other factors. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference is co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, Columbia School of Social Work, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, the Confucius Institute, and the China Institute for Income Distribution at Beijing Normal University.

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Conference Agenda

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.    Opening Remarks

9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.    Session 1

  • Expanding Public Services in China: Recent Trends and Developments

  • Expansion of Public Transfers in China: Who are the Beneficiaries?

  • When Top-Down Meets Bottom-Up: Local Adoption of Social Policy Reform in China

  • China's War on Poverty: Will It Succeed?

11:10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.    Session 2

  • Poverty, Inequality & Public Policies

  • The Impact of Education Expansion on Wage Inequality in China

  • Educational Assortative Mating and Income Inequality in Urban China

  • The Effects of Rural Dibao on Poverty Reduction

  • Aging Challenge and Care Crisis in Rural China

2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.    Session 3

  • Child Development and Well-being

  • Estimating the Effects of Educational System Contraction: The Case of China’s Rural School Merger Initiative

  • Migration and Children’s Psychological and Cognitive Development in China: New Evidence from a National Survey

  • Changes to State Child Welfare Institutions in Response to Mixed Welfare Expectations

  • Essential Basic Services for Early Child Development: Challenges and Opportunities

4:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.   Roundtable on the Future of Chinese Social Policy

  • Public Policies to Address Inequality in China: What’s Expected to Happen?

  • Fighting Urban Poverty: Extrapolating the Future from Chinese Politics and Views of the Indigent

  • Expanding Elder Care Services in China

  • Civil Society and Civic Engagement: Reflections and Policy Implications

  • Global Social Policy Dynamics and China: A Research Agenda

5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks