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Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Unpacking Teacher Professional Development

April 2017

Abstract: Despite massive investments in teacher professional development (PD) programs in developing countries, there is little evidence on their effectiveness.

The Gender Gap in Math Performance, Self-Concept, and Anxiety: Rural and Urban China in an International Context

February 2017

Abstract: Evidence from developed countries shows that there is a significant gender gap in STEM occupations. Girls may begin to underperform in math early as primary school.

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programs on Student Achievement in Rural China

February 2017

Abstract:There is a significant gap in academic achievement between rural and urban students in China.

News

New York Times: China’s School Dropouts a Growing Concern for Economy in Transition

August 2017

Reuters/The New York Times write about REAP's research on early childhood development.

The Debate Over the Alleged Higher Education Glut in China

February 2017

Hongbin Li, Prashant Loyalka, Scott Rozelle, and Binzhen Wu recently published a piece in the Journal of Economic Perspectives particularly worth flagging.

Bloomberg: China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis

January 2017

The outlines of China’s demographic challenge are well-known: By 2050 almost 27 percent of the population will be 65 or older, up from around 10 percent in 2015.

Events

Promotion Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence From Chinese Schools

January 23, 2017

About the Topic: Professor Park will discuss how promotion incentives influence the effort of public employees by providing evidence from China's system of promotions for teachers.

The Lessons Private Schools Teach: Using a Field Experiment to Understand the Effects of Private Schools on Political Behavior

May 20, 2016

About the Topic: Government services have often been found to act as important sites of political socialization.  Through interactions with institutions and functionaries of the state, individuals...

Inputs, Incentives, and Complementarities in Primary Education: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania

April 28, 2016

About the Topic: Recent nationwide assessments have documented the low levels of learning in Tanzanian schools.

Projects

Assessing & Improving the Quality of Higher Education

An International Comparative StudyUniversity attendance is increasing around the world, but are graduates learning the essential skills required to succeed in the workforce and grow the economy...
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Keeping Kids in School

In China's developed urban areas, up to 80 percent of students are accepted into universities.
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Technology and Human Capital _ Migration

One often hears that China has the largest online population in the world.
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Multimedia

Nourishing the Future: Nutrition for China's Rural Babies

July 2014

Learn how the REAP team tested the cognitive and motor development of 2,000 rural Chinese babies.

Dreams to Fulfill

July 2014

Why does REAP focus on education? Behind the empiricism that characterizes REAP's work are hopes and dreams that deserve to be fulfilled.

The Rural Education Action Project

July 2014

What makes REAP's research approach so innovative to begin with? This documentary details how REAP's collaborative, empirical approach position the organization to alleviate poverty on a large scale.

People

Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Renfu Luo Program Manager, REAP-China
Hongbin Li Affiliate
Xiangzhi Kong Affiliate
Tao Li Affiliate
Yingquan Song Affiliate
Xiaobing Wang Research Associate, REAP-China
Linxiu Zhang Director, REAP-China
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Xiaopeng Pang Affiliate
Xinxin Chen Affiliate
Chengfang Liu Program Manager, REAP-China