This colloquium will
feature presentations by two visiting scholars from China. First, Dr. Huijun Liu will
present research on health risks associated with gender imbalance in China. The problems of abnormal
sex ratio at birth and high female infant mortality have plagued many Asian
countries with a strong male preference and gender inequality. In China, these
problems having lasted for more than twenty years and contributed to a serious
gender imbalance in the population. As a direct consequence, “surplus men” or “forced
bachelors,” are expected to increase
to more than 30 million. Dr. Liu will discuss the potential health risks and
other social problems likely to be exacerbated by this large-scale gender
imbalance in China.
Second, Dr. Dahai
Zhao will present “How Is Health Insurance Coverage Utilized among Migrant
Workers in Shanghai, China?” According
to the regulations of the Chinese national and Shanghai municipal governments, migrant workers employed
in Shanghai should all be entitled to the Shanghai Migrant Worker
Hospitalization Insurance (SMWHI) without premium and the vast majority should
also have coverage through the New Rural Cooperative Medical System (NRCMS). Dr.
Zhao will present results from research, conducted jointly with Dr. Wei Yu and Dr. Alan M.
Garber, examining the status of the coverage and utilization of health
insurance among migrant workers employed in Shanghai. Through their study, they found that a
significant minority of migrant workers in Shanghai still had no health
insurance, and that health insurance utilization among migrant workers was
strongly limited by hospital location.
Huijun Liu is an
associate professor in the Public Policy and Administration School at Xi'an
Jiaotong University, China. She received her PhD in management science and
engineering from the Management School of Xi'an Jiaotong University. Her main areas
of research focus on gender imbalance, reproductive health, vulnerability, and
social support. Her current research focuses on how gender imbalance and migration
amplify the risk of HIV transmission in China. Liu has
published over twenty papers in Chinese academic journals, including China
Soft Science, Population and Economics, Psychological Science Advance, Collection of Women's Studies, and Modern
Dr. Zhao is an assistant
professor with the School of Public Economics and Administration at Shanghai
University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), and a fellow with the Center for
Health Policy at SUFE. He earned a master's degree in medicine in 2005 and a
PhD in 2008, both from Fudan University, China.