讲座主标题：Why does the Great Chinese Famine affect the male and female
survivors differently? Mortality selection versus son preference
citizen of China, Zhang earned B.S. in mathematics from Nankai
University, China; M.S. in economics from Tianjin University of
Economics and Finance, China; and M.S. and Ph.D. in applied
economics and management from Cornell University in January 2000.
joined IFPRI in 1998. He has published widely in the fields of
economic growth, income distribution, public investment and rural
industrialization in China and other developing countries. He is a
Co-editor of Chinese Economic Review. He is a Chair of China
Section, American Association of Applied Economics, 2010-2011.
selected as the president of Chinese Economists Society from 2005 to
2006. He worked as the president of China’s Office of IFPRI from
2005 to 2009. Now he is the senior researcher of IFPRI.
Evidence shows that exposure to nutritional adversity in early life
has larger long-term impacts on women than on men. Consistent with
these findings, our paper shows a higher incidence of disability and
illiteracy among female survivors of the Great Chinese Famine
(1959–1961). Moreover we find that the better health of male
survivors most plausibly reflects higher male excess mortality
during the famine, whereas the observed gender difference in
illiteracy rate is probably better explained by the culture of son