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Yu Xie

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Professor, Sociology.

Professor, Statistics.

Research Professor, Survey Research Center.

Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies.

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Dr. Xie studies social stratification and social mobility. His recent research is on factors related to recruitment into scientific professions. His other research interests include statistical methods and demographic techniques. He teaches courses on methods and statistics.

Recent Publications


Xie, Yu, and Alexandra Achen Killewald. 2012. Is American Science in Decline? Boston: Harvard University Press. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, William Axinn, and Yu Xie. 2007. Marriage and Cohabitation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Scott, Jacqueline L., and Yu Xie. 2005. Quantitative Social Science. London: Sage.

Xie, Yu, and Kimberly Goyette. 2004. A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans. Russell Sage and Population Reference Bureau. Abstract.

Xie, Yu, and Kimberlee A. Shauman. 2003. Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes. Boston, MA : Harvard University Press. Abstract.

Journal Articles

Zhou, Xiang, and Yu Xie. Forthcoming. "Propensity-Score-Based Methods versus MTE-Based Methods in Causal Inference: Identification, Estimation, and Application." Sociological Methods and Research. NIHMSID: NIHMS418236.

Xie, Yu. 2014. "“Undemocracy”: inequalities in science." Science, 344(6186): 809-810. DOI. Abstract.

Xie, Yu, Chunni Zhang, and Qing Lai. Online Access 2014. "China’s rise as a major contributor to science and technology." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(26): 9437-9442. DOI. Abstract.

Hsin, Amy, and Yu Xie. 2014. "Explaining Asian Americans’ academic advantage over whites." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(23): 8416-8421. PMCID: PMC4060715. DOI. Abstract.

Xie, Yu, and Xiang Zhou. 2014. "Income inequality in today's China." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(19): 6928-6933. PMCID: PMC4024912. DOI. Abstract.

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Current PSC Trainees:

Siwei Cheng, Michael Fang, Jessica Gillooly, Qing Lai, Airan Liu, Christopher Near, Xiao Wang, Xiang Zhou.