QC Economics

Economics Faculty

Carl Riskin, Distinguished Professor
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Office Location: PH 306-I
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Schools Attended:

B.A., Harvard College, 1960
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1969

Research Interests: Economic Development of China; Environmental Economics; Development Economics.  


Books Written:


The Macroeconomics of Poverty Reduction: The Case of China (with Nathalie Bouche et al.), Beijing, UNDP-China, 2004.

China's Retreat from Equality: Income Distribution and Transition, ed. With Zhao Renwei and Li Shi. New York NY: M. E. Sharpe. 2001.

Inequality and Poverty in China in The Age of Globalization, with A.R. Khan. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

China's Political Economy: The Quest for Development since 1949. New York NY: Oxford University Press, 1987.

China Human Development Report, 1999 (for UNDP). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Book Chapters:


"The Changing Nature of Urban Poverty in China,"(with Qin Gao) in Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty, Sudhir Anand, Paul Segal, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, eds., Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2010.

"Inequality and Economic Crisis in China," in Development, Equity and Poverty: Essays in Honour of Azizur Rahman Khan, L. Banerjee et al, eds., Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, 2010

"China and the (Human) Developmental State," in Manoj Sanyal, Mandira Sanyal & Shahina Amin, eds., Post-Reform Development in Asia: Essays in Honor of Professor Amiya K. Bagchi, Orient Black Swan (Hyderabad, India), 2009.

"Explaining China's Changing Income Inequality: Market vs. Social Benefits," with Qin Gao, in Deborah Davis and Wang Feng, eds., Creating Wealth and Poverty in Post-Socialist China, Univ. of California Press, 2009.

"Growth and Distribution of Household Income in China between 1995 and 2002" (with Aziz Khan), in Bjorn Gustafsson, Li Shi and Terry Sicular, eds., Inequality and Public Policy in China, Cambridge and New York, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

"Has China Reached the Top of the Kuznets Curve?," in Vivian Shue and Christine Wong, eds., Paying for Progress in China: Public Finance, Human Welfare and Changing Patterns of Inequality," Stanford University Press, 2008.

"Has China Reached the Top of the Kuznets Curve?," in Vivian Shue and Christine Wong, eds., Paying for Poverty Reduction in China, Routledge, forthcoming 2007.

"The Fall in Chinese Poverty: Issues of Measurement, Incidence and Cause," in J.K. Boyce, S. Cullenberg, P.K. Pattanaik and R. Pollin, eds., Human Development in the Era of Globalization: Essays in Honor of Keith B. Griffin, Edward Elgar, 2006.

"Amartya Kumar Sen", in D.A. Clark, ed., The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, 2006.

"The Retreat from Equality: Highlights of the Findings" (with Zhao Renwei and Li Shi), in Riskin, Zhao and Li, China's Retreat from Equality, pp. 3-22.

"Income Distribution in Urban China during the Period of Economic Reform and Globalization" (with K. Griffin and A.R. Khan), in Riskin, Zhao and Li, China's Retreat from Equality, pp. 125-132.

"Chinese Rural Poverty Inside and Outside the Poor Regions" (with Li Shi), in Riskin, Zhao and Li, China's Retreat from Equality, pp. 329-344.

"Social Development and China's Changing Development Strategy", in Dharam Ghai, ed., Social Development and Public Policies, Macmillan, 1998, pp. 103-138.

"Social Development, Quality of Life and the Environment", in U.S. Congress, Joint Economic Committee, China's Economic Future: Challenges to U.S. Policy, ed., John Hardt, Washington, DC, US Government Printing Office, 1996, pp. 361-380.

Journal Articles:


"Household Income and its Distribution in China, 1995 and 2002" (with A.R. Khan), China Quarterly, June 2005.

"Income and Inequality in China: Composition, Distribution and Growth of Household Income, 1988 to 1995" (with A.R. Khan), China Quarterly, 154, June 1998. Pp. 221-253. Reprinted in R. Garnaut and Y. Huang, eds., Growth without Miracles, Oxford and New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 2001, pp. 363-384.

"Income Distribution in Urban China During the Period of Economic Reform and Globalization" (with A.R. Khan and K. Griffin), Amer. Economic Review, May 1999, pp. 296-300.

"Seven Questions About the Chinese Famine of 1959-61", special issue of Chinese Economic Studies, 9, 2, Fall 1998, pp. 111-124.

"Behind the Silk Curtain", The Nation, November 10, 1997, pp. 11-17.

Working Papers:


"Harmony, Crisis and the Fading of the Lewis Model in China," to be included in a book on China and India in the era of economic reform, edited by Amiya Bagchi and Anthony D'Costa and to be published by Oxford University Press, India.

A study of the relations between China's fiscal stimulus package of 2009 and its efforts to change its development model.  Is the former compatible with the latter, or are they in conflict?

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