A talk by SE YAN (Doctoral Candidate, Economics)
Se Yan's talk estimates nominal wage trends in fifty Chinese cities from 1860 to 1936 using newly constructed wage data of the Chinese Maritime Customs' employees. He also constructs cost of living indices on the basis of raw prices and expenditure weights developed from customs trade statistics and surveys. The resulting nominal wage and cost off living indices make it possible to estimate real income trends for different income groups of people during a key period of transition in China. His key finding is that real wages declined in the nineteenth century, and began to grow rapidly from the 1920s.
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Se Yan (B.A. International Economics, Peking University; M.A. Chinese Economic History, Peking University) came to UCLA in 2002, and is now a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics. Among his research interests are economic development, international economics, and economic history. He is interested in particular in the effect of increased international trade on the competitiveness of
Mr. Yan's pioneering work is making an important contribution to our knowledge of the Chinese economy during this important period.
Tel: 310 825-8683
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies
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