Xiaogang WU 吳曉剛
PhD UCLA, 2001
Chair Professor
Founding Director, Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER)

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Full CV
Xiaogang Wu (Ph.D., UCLA, 2001) is Chair Professor of Social Science, the Founding Director of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) at HKUST. He is also affiliated with Division of Public Policy at HKUST. His research interests include social stratification and mobility, labor markets and economic sociology, and quantitative methodology. His previous work has appeared in Annual Review of Sociology, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Demography, Social Science Research, and other leading journals in area studies.
Since he joined HKUST in 2003,  Professor Wu has received numerous highly competitive research grants and fellowships from the most prestigious funding agencies in the world (through direct application or collaboration), including the US National Institute of Health, European Research Council, Hong Kong RGC Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), and Taiwan. He is the Principle Investigator of “Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics” (HKPSSD), initially funded by the Strategic Public Policy Research Grant (2009-2014), and subsequently by the RGC Collaborative Research Fund (2017-2020). In addition, He has received 8 General Research Funds from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 3 Public Policy Research Funds from the Central Policy Unit of Hong Kong SAR, as well as collaborative research funds from mainland China (total amount exceeding HK$ 30 million). He has trained 10 PhD students and dozens of M Phi (research) students and post-docs.
Professor Wu is the President of International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) (2018-2019) (formerly known as the North American Chinese Sociologists Association, founded in 1981), the founding editor of the Chinese Sociological Review (CSR), a quarterly journal published by Taylor & Francis [Print ISSN 2162-0555, Online ISSN 2162-0563] (2017 Impact Factor 2.3, 21/146 in sociology). He also serves on Editorial Board of Social Forces, Sociology of Education, Social Science Research, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Work, Employment, and Society, and among others. In 2012, he was awarded the Prestigious Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. He currently also serves as a member of Humanities and Social Sciences Panel, the European Research Council (2017-2019). He is the Chair of Academic Advisory Committee, Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS) at Renmin University of China (2013-), an academic advisor of the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) at Peking University and China Labor Dynamics Survey (CLDS) at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.
Research Interests
  • Social Inequality, Stratification and Mobility
  • Social Demography, Gender and Family
  • Urban Sociology
  • Survey and Quantitative Methods
  • Big Data and Social Science Research
Representative Publications
  • 2019. "“Subjective wellbeing of Chinese elderly: a comparative analysis among Hong Kong, Urban China and Taiwan” Ageing and Society [in press, with Jia Miao]
  • 2019. “Parental Education and College Students’ Attitudes toward Love: Survey Evidence from China.” Journal of Marriage and Family  [with Anning Hu]
  • 2019. “Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems in Hong Kong: The Role of Family” Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 46: 220-237  [with J. Chen and D. Xu].
  • 2019. “Inequality and Soical Stratification in Post-socialist China." Annual Review of Sociology 45: 363-382
  • 2018. "Science or Liberal Arts? Family Background, Cultural Capital, and College Major Choice in China" British Journal of Sociology 79(1):190-213 [with Anning Hu].
  • 2018. “Neighborhood, Social Cohesion, and the Elderly's Depression in Shanghai" Social Science and Medicine [accepted, with Jia Miao]
  • 2018. "Ethnic Autonomy and Ethnic Inequality: An Empirical Assessment of Ethnic Policy in Urban China" China Review 18(2) :185-215 [with Guangye He] 
  • 2018. “Social Policy and Political Trust: Evidence from the New Rural Pension Scheme (NRPS) in China" The China Quarterly 235 (Sep):644-668
  • 2018. "Dynamics of Gender Earnings Inequality in Reform-Era Urban China." Work, Employment and Society 32(2):726-746 DOI: 10.1177/0950017017746907 [with Guangye He]
  • 2018. "Not a Zero-Sum Game: Migration and Child Wellbeing in Contemporary China." Demographic Research 38: 692-726 [with Duoduo Xu, Zhuoni Zhang and Jaap Dronkers]
  • 2018 "Household Registration, Urban Status Attainment, and Social Stratification in Contemporary Urban China." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility  53 (Feburary): 40-49 [with Bingdao Zheng].
  • 2017. “Income Inequality, Economic Growth, and Subjective Wellbeing: Evidence from China." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 52 (December): 49-58 [with Jun Li]
  • 2017 "Marriage at an Immigrant Society: Education and Transition to First Marriage in Hong Kong." Demographic Research 37:567-598 [with Muzhi Zhou and Guangye He]
  • 2017 "Exodus from Hunger: The Long-term Health Consequences of the 1959-1961 Chinese Famine." Biodemography and Social Biology  63(2):148-166 [with Zhuoni Zhang and Shige Song]
  • 2017 "Unequal Care, Unequal Work: Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of Gender Inequality in Post-Reform Urban China." Sex Roles 77:765-778  [with Yinchun Ji, Shengwei Sun, and Guangye He]).
  • 2017 "Marketization, Occupational Segregation, and Gender Earnings Inequality in Urban China." Social Science Research 65:99-111 [with Guangye He]
  • 2017 "Higher Eduation, Elite Formation and Social Stratification in Contemporary China: Preliminary Findings from Beijing College Students Panle Survey." Chinese Journal of Sociology 3(1):3-31.
  • 2017 "The Rise of the Second Generation: Aspirations, Motivations and Academic Success of Chinese Immigrants' Children in Hong Kong" Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43(7): 1164-1189 [with Duoduo Xu].
  • 2017. "Occupational Segregation and Earnings Inequality: Rural Migrants and Local Workers in Urban China" Social Science Research 61:57-74 [with Zhuoni Zhang].
  • 2016. "Urbanization, Socioeconomic Status, and Health Disparity in China." Health & Place 42(1):87-95 [with Jia Miao] 
  • 2016. "Changing Ethnic Stratification in Contemporary China." Journal of Contemporary China 25(102): 938-954 [with Guangye He]
  • 2016. "Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics [HKPSSD]: Research Designs and Data Overview." Chinese Sociological Review 48(2): 162–184.
  • 2015. "Population Migration and Children's School Enrollments in China, 1990-2005." Social Science Research 53:177-190 [with Zhuoni Zhang]
  • 2014. "Ethnic Stratification amid China’s Economic Transition: Evidence from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region." Social Science Research 44:158-172 [with Xi Song]
  • 2010. "Voluntary and Involuntary Job Mobility and Earnings Inequality in Urban China, 1993-2000" Social Science Research 39: 382-395.
  • 2010. "Economic Transition, School Expansion and Educational Inequality in China, 1990-2000." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28:91-108.
  • 2007. "Inequality and Equality under Chinese Socialism: The Hukou System and Intergenerational Occupational Mobility", American Journal of Sociology 113(2):415-45 [with Donald J. Treiman].
  • 2006. "Communist Cadres and Market Opportunities: Entry to Self-Employment in China, 1978-1996", Social Forces 85(1):389-411.
  • 2005"Market Premium, Social Process, and Statisticism" American Sociological Review 70865-70. [with Xie Yu].
  • 2004, "The Household Registration System and Social Stratification in China, 1955-1996" Demography 41(2):363-384. [with Donald J. Treiman]
  • 2003, "Does the Market Pay Off? Earnings Inequality and Returns to Education in Urban China" [with Yu Xie], American Sociological Review 68:425-422
  • 2002, "Work Units and Income Inequality: The Effect of Market Transition in Urban China" Social Forces 80(3):1069 -99
Forthcoming / Work In Progress
  • "Fertility Decline and Gender Educational Inequality in China" (with Hua Ye). American Journal of Sociology (R&R)
  • "Beyond the Market Transition: Changing Institutional Structure and Class Inequality in Contemporary China" (with Thung-Hong Lin).
  • "State Socialism, Industrialism, and Market Transition: Trends in Intergenerational Social Mobility in Contemporary China."
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 003: Contemporary China
  • SOSC 1350 Contempory China: Change and Continuity
  • SOSC 180: An Introduction to Chinese Society
  • SOSC 3880: Social Inequality and Social Mobility
  • SOSC 5090: Statistics for Social Science
  • SOSC 5140: Seminar on Chinese Society
  • SOSC 5340: Quantitative Analysis in Social Science
  • SOSC 5710: Chinese Social Stratification
  • SOSC 6030C: Seminar on Social Stratification
  • SSMA 5010: Principles in Social Science
  • SSMA 5020: Social Statistics
  • SSMA 5030: Social Inequality and Stratification
  • MGCS 5020: Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspectives

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