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WANG Feng, University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Fiscal Implications of Population Aging and Economic Change in China
When Mar 12, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

How will rapid population aging, together with China’s need to upscale its emerging social welfare system, affect the fiscal burden of the country? This talk presents results based on analyses using the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) methodology and focuses on three types of government expenditures: education, health, and pension. The analyses combine micro level survey data and macro level national accounting data, and use the latest population projections and per capita cost of public expenditure in education, health care, and pension. It projects the future total public expenditures in these areas under several scenarios, and explore their social, economic, and political implications for China and beyond. 

About the Speaker


Wang Feng is professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine and professor of sociology and demography at Fudan University in China. His main research interests include global social and demographic changes, comparative population and social history, and social inequality, with a focus on China.  He has studied many aspects of demographic and social changes, including fertility, marriage and family, famine and mortality, migration, population policy, income inequality, and population aging.  He is the author of multiple books, and his research articles have appeared in venues such as Population and Development Review, Demography, Science, The Journal of the Economics of Aging, and International Migration Review. 

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