Yuen Yuen Ang's Guest Lecture Series

Yuen Yuen Ang  洪源远   Assistant Professor of Political Science

Yuen Yuen Ang

Assistant Professor of Political Science

As part of LRCCS Faculty Professor Yuen Yuen Ang's undergraduate course "State & Market in Contemporary China," there will be a series of guest lectures in the coming months which are open to the public.  Save the dates!

These lectures meet with Professor Yuen Yuen Ang's class - all are welcome to attend.  Both take place at the following time and location:

Room 1400 CHEM
925 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI



Wednesday, March 23, 2016:

Hiroki Takeuchi Associate Professor of  Political Science, Southern Methodist University


Hiroki Takeuchi received his B.A. of Economics from Keio University in Japan, his M.A. of Asian Studies from University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. of Political Science from University of California at Los Angeles.  He is currently an associate professor of political science, and the director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia in the Tower Center, at Southern Methodist University.  Previously, he taught at UCLA as a faculty fellow of the Political Science Department and at Stanford University as a postdoctoral teaching fellow of the Public Policy Program.  Professor Takeuchi's research and teaching interests include Chinese and Japanese politics, comparative political economy of authoritarian regimes, and international relations of East Asia, as well as applying game theory to political science.  He is the author of Tax Reform in Rural China: Revenue, Resistance, and Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2014).  He is also a regular contributor to Foresight, Japanese public online journal.   

Tax Reform in Rural China: Revenue, Resistance, and Authoritarian Rule

How does China maintain authoritarian rule while it is committed to market-oriented economic reforms?  This talk analyzes this puzzle by offering a systematic analysis of the central-local governmental relationship in rural China, focusing on rural taxation and political participation.  Drawing on in-depth interviews with Chinese local officials and villagers, and combining them with game-theoretic analyses, it argues that the central government uses local governments as a target of blame for the problems that the central government has actually created.  The most recent rural tax reforms, which began in 2000, were a conscious trade-off between fiscal crises and rural instability.  For the central government, local fiscal crises and the lack of public goods in agricultural areas were less serious concerns than the heavy financial burdens imposed on farmers and the rural unrest that the predatory behavior of local governments had generated in the 1990s, which threatened both economic reforms and authoritarian rule.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

Terry Sicular, Professor of Economics, University of Western Ontario


Terry Sicular is a leading North American specialist on China’s economy.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, has taught at Stanford and Harvard, and is now Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario.  She speaks Mandarin and has been working on and in China for more than 30 years.  Her research publications have been awarded the Sun Yefang Prize in Economics in 2011 and the Zhang Peigang Award in Development Economics in 2010.  For the past decade she has been a central participant in the China Household Income Project (CHIP), a major survey research project investigating trends in inequality and income distribution in China.  Publications include "The Distribution of Household Income in China: Inequality, Poverty and Policies," The China Quarterly (2014) with S. Li, Rising Inequality in China: Challenges to a Harmonious Society, edited with S. Li and H. Sato (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Inequality and Public Policy in China (Cambridge University Press, 2007), edited with B. Gustafsson and S. Li.  

Inequality in China: Has China Reached a Turning Point?

How high is inequality in China, and what are the main features of that inequality?  Using the latest household-level survey data from the China Household Income Project (CHIP), we analyze patterns of income inequality in China nationwide and separately for urban and rural areas.  We also analyze recent trends to determine whether, after several decades of rising inequality, China has reached a turning point and begun to experience declining inequality.