Published on: 2015-05-04
PhD, University of Chicago
Former Post-doctoral Fellow, HKUST IEMS
Tel (852) 3469 2252
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Labor Economics, China Economy, Family Economics
Dr. Jenq received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her B.A. in Physics from Harvard College. Her specializations are in Labor Economics and Labor Econometrics and her research interests encompass Family Economics, Gender, and the China Economy. Her dissertation examined the relationship between cohort sex ratios and female educational attainment in post-1949 China. She was the recipient of the Paulson Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and is a Ford Foundation New Generation China Scholar.
Her engagement with emerging market economies began before her Ph.D studies. Through her experience conducting field research on fertility, contraceptive, and marriage issues in a low income urban community in Zambia, Africa, she became interested in studying health and education topics.
Dr. Jenq has also had private sector work experience in finance, working for a large Wall Street investment bank for 2 years before starting her research.
SELECTED PAPERS & PUBLICATIONS
- “Privatization, Retirement Policy, and Labor Market Gender Gaps in Urban China, 1990-2005” (Job Market Paper)
- “Sampling Bias in the China Population Censuses since 1982”
- "Beauty, Weight, and Skin Color in Charitable Giving." Co-authored with Walter Theseira and Jessica Pan. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, July 2015.
- Media coverage for above paper:
- “The Relationship Between Cohort Sex Ratios and Female Educational Attainment in Post-1949 China.” University of Chicago Ph.D. Dissertation, June 2014.
Research in Progress
- “The Evolution of Gender Inequality in China: Evidence from a Chinese Survey of Firms and Employees” (with Albert Park)
- “Mao’s Public Health Campaigns, Maternal Mortality Rates, and Girls’ Education”
- “Strategic Premarital Investment in Urban China”
[IEMS Media Coverage] New Research Finds the Well-documented Beauty Bonus Extends to the World of Microfinance – Research from IEMS’ Christina Jenq featured in Pacific Standard Magazine, The Atlantic, and Business Insider
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Watch Dr Jenq explain the key takeaways from the Brief
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Based on rigorous econometric analysis, Dr. Jenq postulates that 30-50% of the gender imbalance amongst the urban employed can be assigned to gender-asymmetric industry-level privatization, with the remaining 50-70% attributable to gender differences in labor supply, both on a qualitative and qualitative level. Dr. Jenq cautions against quota-based employment policies aimed at reducing the employment gender gap (as there was scant evidence of gender discrimination found in her analysis), and instead recommends increases in both skill training programs as well as childcare and education benefits to allow more urban women the opportunity to enter the labor force.
[Bio] Christina Jenq
[IEMS Academic Seminar] Ownership-Specific Human Capital and the Employment Gender Gap in Urban China by Christina Jenq
[IEMS Media Coverage] HKUST, Peking University and University of Southern California Researchers Conduct Massive China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study Revealing Adult Women Fare Worse than Men
Photo credit: Chinese Workers Performing Quality Assurance by Robert Scoble, CC BY 2.0, http://j.mp/1cr486G
Tags: china, employment, gender imbalance, SOE