Population Aging in the US and China: 

Comparative Discussion of Challenges and Opportunities 

Part 1

Part 2

Penn-Fudan Virtual Series:

The Penn-Fudan Virtual Series on Global Issues and Governance is jointly launched by the Penn Wharton China Center and the Institute for Global Public Policy at Fudan University. The series invites top executives and scholars from China, US and other countries to have a comparative dialogue on Global Issues and Governance between the U.S. and China. The video series provides the Chinese and global intellectual community with a platform for knowledge sharing and creation.

The Speakers:

Xizhe Peng

Professor of Population and Development, Director of the Institute of Population and Development Policy Studies and the Institute of Aging Studies, Fudan University

Peng Xizhe is currently a Professor of Population and Development at Fudan University, China, and is the Director of Institute of Population and Development Policy Studies,and the Institute of Aging Studies.  Dr. Peng received his MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Population Studies from London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 1983 and 1988 respectively. His research activities covered a wide range of population-related issues, including population dynamics and policy in China, social development and social policy, aging and gender studies etc.  He is the author (or editor) for more than 18 books and 150 journal articles,served in scientific committees of various academic associations, and provides policy consultations to government agencies and institutions.

Hans-Peter Kohler

Co-Director, Population Aging Research Center, Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Hans-Peter Kohler received his B.A. in Business Administration from Fachhochschule Kempten (Kempten University of Applied Sciences) in Bavaria in 1992. He received his Master’s in Demography and his Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Kohler is a social and economic demographer whose current research focuses on health and health-related behaviors in developing and developed countries.  Kohler is the 2005 recipient of PAA’s Clifford C. Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement and has been a recent fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Science. His research has received extensive funding through the National Institutes of Health (USA) and other institutions. He is author of a book on fertility and social interaction, has co-edited books on the biodemography of human reproduction and fertility and on causal inferences in population studies. Kohler has widely published on topics related to fertility, health, social and sexual networks, HIV/AIDS, biodemography and well-being in leading scientific journals, and his work has had substantial influence on policy and media discussions related to demographic change.

Zhen Zhang

Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Center of Population and Development Policy Studies, Fudan University

Zhang Zhen is currently an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Center of Population and Development Policy Studies at Fudan University. Zhen received his M.A in Demography at Sun Yat-Sen University and his PhD in Demography at Peking University. Before moving to Fudan University in 2013, Zhen held a position as Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. His research expertise and interest include survival and longevity, population aging, formal demography, social demography. Zhen's recent research includes how the abnormally high sex ratio at birth accelerates population aging in China and other affected countries. His earlier publications include Population Aging Caused by a Rise in the Sex Ratio at Birth, The Ratio of Expansion to Compression: A New Measure of Lifespan Disparity, Impact of Demographic Uncertainty on Population Projection and Policymaking: The Case of China.


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