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Hongwei Xu

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.

Research Assistant Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.

Adjunct Lecturer, Chinese Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Ph.D., Brown University

Dr. Xu's substantive research interests include social demography, health inequalities, epidemiologic and nutrition transitions, child well-being, and residential segregation. His methodological research interests include Bayesian inference, spatial statistics, longitudinal and multilevel analysis, and survival analysis.

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Journal Articles

Xu, Hongwei, Zhenmei Zhang, Lydia W. Li, and Jinyun Liu. Forthcoming. "Early life exposure to China's 1959-61 famine and midlife cognition." International journal of epidemiology. DOI. Abstract.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Jinyun Liu, Lydia W. Li, and Hongwei Xu. Forthcoming. "The Long Arm of Childhood in China: Early-Life Conditions and Cognitive Function Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults." Journal of Aging and Health. DOI. Abstract.

Xu, Hongwei, and Yu Xie. 2017. "Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health in China: A Reassessment with Data from the 2010-2012 China Family Panel Studies." Social Indicators Research, 132(1): 219-239. PMCID: PMC5501396. DOI. Abstract.

Liu, Jinyun, Lydia W. Li, Zhenmei Zhang, and Hongwei Xu. 2016. "Associations between physical health and depressive symptoms in Chinese older adults: Do neighborhood resources matter?" SSM - Population Health, 2: 531-535. DOI. Abstract.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Lydia W. Li, Hongwei Xu, and Jinyu Liu. 2016. "An ecological study of social fragmentation, socioeconomic deprivation, and suicide in rural China: 2008-2010." SSM-Population Health, 2: 365-372. PMCID: PMC5067073. DOI. Abstract.

Xu, Hongwei. 2016. "Developmental Idealism, Body Weight and Shape, and Marriage Entry in Transitional China." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(2): 235-258. PMCID: PMC5125396. DOI. Abstract.

Xu, Hongwei, Lydia W. Li, Zhenmei Zhang, and Jinyun Liu. 2016. "Is Natural Experiment a Cure? Re-examing the Long-Term Health Effects of China's 1959-1961 Famine." Social Science and Medicine, 148: 110-122. PMCID: PMC4698174. DOI. Abstract.

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