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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

Unequal Access to College in China: How Far Have Poor, Rural Students Been Left Behind?

May 2018

In the 1990s, rural youth from poor counties in China had limited access to college.

Exploring the dropout rates and causes of dropout in upper-secondary technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools in China

May 2018

Policymakers in many developing countries regard upper-secondary technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as a key element in economic growth and poverty reduction.

Educational Expectations and Dropout Behavior among Junior High Students in Rural China

May 2018

the high level of dropout from junior high school is one of the most serious challenges facing the human capital development of the next generation of workers in China’s rural areas.

News

Reducing tapeworm infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty, Stanford research suggests

May 2018

This is an excerpt of the the article, which was first published in Stanford 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.

Events

The Global Landscape of In-Service Teacher Professional Development Programs: The Gap between Evidence & Practice

November 8, 2017

About the Topic: We review evidence on the characteristics of the most effective teacher professional development (PD) programs, present new data from around the world on the actual characteristics...

End Heuristics in Retrospective Voting: Evidence from a Conditional Cash Transfer Experiment

October 2, 2017

About the Speaker: Patrick McEwan is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. He conducts research on education and social policy in developing countries, especially in Latin America.

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.

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