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Xiaogang Wu

Professor, Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Director, Center for Applied Social and Economic Research, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Dr. Wu's research interests include internal migration from rural to urban areas in China; social stratification and mobility in state socialist and post-socialist societies; labor markets issues in transition economies; education and social inequality; and the change of residential patterns in Shanghai.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Wu, Xiaogang, and Xi Song. 2014. "Ethnic Stratification amid China’s Economic Transition: Evidence from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region." Social Science Research, 44: 158-172. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Wu, Xiaogang. 2013. "Redrawing the Boundaries: Work Units and Social Stratification in Urban China." Chinese Sociological Review, 45(4): 6-28. DOI. Abstract. Public Access.

Wu, Xiaogang. 2011. "The Household Registration System and Rural-Urban Educational Inequality in Contemporary China." Chinese Sociological Review, 44(2): 31-51. DOI. Abstract. Public Access.

Zhang, Zhuoni, and Xiaogang Wu. 2011. "Social Change, Cohort Quality and Economic Adaptation of Chinese Immigrants in Hong Kong, 1991-2006." Asia and Pacific Migration Journal, 20(1): 1-29. Abstract. Public Access.

Wu, Xiaogang. 2010. "Economic Transition, School Expansion and Educational Inequality in China, 1990-2000." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(1): 91-108. DOI. Abstract.

Wu, Xiaogang. 2010. "Voluntary and Involuntary Job Mobility and Earnings Inequality in Urban China, 1993-2000." Social Science Research, 39(3): 382-395. DOI. Abstract.

Wu, Xiaogang. 2009. "Income Inequality and Distributive Justice: A Comparative Analysis of Mainland China and Hong Kong." China Quarterly, 200: 1033-1052. DOI. Abstract.

Xie, Yu, Qing Lai, and Xiaogang Wu. 2009. "Danwei and social inequality in Contemporary Urban China." Research in Sociology of Work, 19: 283-308. PMCID: PMC2828673. DOI. Abstract.

Lin, Thung-hong, and Xiaogang Wu. 2009. "The Transformation of the Chinese Class Structure, 1978-2005." Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 5: 81-116. Abstract.


Wu, Xiaogang, and Zhuoni Zhang. 2010. "Changes in Educational Inequality in China, 1990-2005: Evidence from the Population Census Data." In Globalization, Changing Demographics, and Educational Challenges in East Asia (Research in the Sociology of Education, Volume 17) edited by Bruce Fuller and Emily Hannum. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. DOI. Abstract.

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