"Women’s Political Leadership and Adult Health: Evidence from Rural and Urban China"
Women’s political participation, a common indicator of women’s status, has the potential to promote population health for women, as well as their families and communities. This study will examine the longitudinal association between women’s leadership at the community level and individuals’ health and well-being in contemporary China, an authoritarian, single-party state. We will draw on longitudinal and multilevel data from the China Family and Panel Studies and estimate fixed-effects models to account for time-invariant unobserved heterogeneity at the individual level. We will test two potential mechanisms linking women’s leadership at the community level and individuals’ health and well-being: gendered policy preference and gender discrimination.
Hongwei Xu is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Queens College – CUNY. He received his BA in sociology from Peking University and his PhD in sociology from Brown University. Prior to joining Queens College in 2018, he was an assistant research professor in the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. His substantive research interests include social and environmental determinants of health, the life course perspective of population aging, spatial inequality, and child development. His empirical research draws on data from a variety of sources including but not limited to nationally representative surveys, historical archives and maps, remote sensing, and administrative records. He is specialized in survey methods, hierarchical modeling, spatial statistics, survival analysis, and causal inference using observational data. He has conducted social research in diverse settings, including the United States, China, India, and Kenya. His research has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His work has been published in, among others, American Journal of Sociology, Demography, European Sociological Review, Health & Place, International Journal of Epidemiology, Population Studies, Sociological Methods, Social Science & Medicine, and Journals of Gerontology Series B (Psychological and Social Sciences).