讲座主标题：Why does the Great Chinese Famine affect the male and female survivors differently? Mortality selection versus son preference
讲座人：PH.D Xiaobo Zhang
A 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.
Zhang 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.
He was 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 preference.