Professor Xin Meng
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LF Crisp Building (26)
|Research School of Economics|
ANU College of Business and Economics
HW Arndt Building 25A
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Curriculum Vitae (PDF 56KB)
Prof. Xin Meng currently works at the Research School of Economics, College of Business and Economics, Australian National University. Her research to date consists of four main themes:1. the Chinese labour market during transition, including changes in income distribution and poverty, the impact of labour market rigidities on economic development, and the effect of economic shocks on consumption.2. the influence of institutions and culture on gender discrimination in developing and developed countries.3. The economic implications of rural-urban migration in developing countries and the economic assimilation of immigrants in developed countries.4. economic implications of major catastrophes, such as the impact of the Chinese famine and Cultural Revolution on life time earnings and welfare of individuals and families.Her recent research effort focuses mainly on the Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia project (RUMiCI), which consists of four year longitudinal surveys of rural-urban migrants, rural households and urban local households in both China and Indonesia. The first wave of the survey was conducted in 2008 and the fourth wave in the field.The details of the project and survey instrument can be viewed at: http://rse.anu.edu.au/rumici/. Xin Meng has published papers in journals such as Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Labour Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Labour Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Comparative Economics and Journal of Population Economics.
Disciplines & research interests
- Economics of Education
- Labour Economics
- Development Economics
- Applied Microeconomics
Meng, X., 2000, Labour Market Reform in China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Meng, X. and Kidd, M., 1997 "Wage Determination in China's State Sector in the 1980s", Journal of Comparative Economics, 25(3), pp.403-421.
Meng, X., 2003, "Unemployment, consumption smoothing, and precautionary saving in urban China", Journal of Comparative Economics, 31(3), pp.465-485.
Meng, X. and Gregory, R. G., 2005, "Intermarriage and the economic assimilation of immigrants," Journal of Labor Economics, 23(1), pp.135-176.
Cai, F., Giles, J., and Meng, X., 2006, "How well do children insure parents against low retirement income? Evidence from urban China", Journal of Public Economics, 90, 2229-2255.
Gorgens, T., Meng, X., and Vaithianathan, R., 2012, "Selection and stunting effects of famine: Case study of the Great Chinese Famine," Journal of Development Economics.
Frijters, P., Liu, A., and Meng, X., 2012, "Are optimistic expectations keeping the Chinese happy?", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 81, pp.159-171.Gong, H.C.,
Leigh, A., and Meng, X., 2012, "Intergenerational income mobility in urban China", Review of Income and Wealth, 58(3), pp. 481-503
Meng, X., Shen, K.L., and Xue, S., forthcoming, "Economic reform, education expansion, and earnings inequality for urban males in China, 1988-2009", Journal of Comparative Economics.
Meng, X., 2012, “Labor market outcomes and reforms in China”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(4), pp.75-102.
Cameron, L., Erkal, N., Gangadharan, L, and Meng, X., 2013, “Little Emperors: Behavioral impacts of China’s One-Child Policy”, Science, 10 January 2013.
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