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Wenjie Zhang


Wenjie Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate at LBJ School. Her research primarily focuses on the measurement of China’s wage inequality and its political and social impacts of income inequality in China during the transitional period. Social safety nets that protect vulnerable populations are also of her interests. Ms. Zhang’s dissertation is entitled “From Entrepreneurs to Civil Servants – how Chinese leaders sustain the legitimacy of their ruling authority during the reform period,” which aims at analyzing the changing pattern of ruling strategies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the context of economic reform.

As a leading member of University of Texas Inequality Project, she publishes in different conferences and journals. Her paper “Beijing Bubble, Beijing Bust: Inequality, Trade and Capital Inflow in China,” coauthored with James Galbraith was published in the Journal of Chinese Current Affairs in 2009. This paper was also collected in conference volume edited by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz in 2011. She has two chapters in James Galbraith’s new book Inequality and Instability, published by Oxford University in March, 2012. Ms. Zhang also actively participated in a variety of international conferences, seminars and workshops on inequality, poverty and development. Since 2010 she has worked as a research intern at United Nations Development Programs, mainly investigating the relations between African countries and emerging economies.

Wenjie Zhang holds a Master degree in Russian Studies from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Bachelor degrees in Economics and Russian from Peking University, China. Previously, she worked as a journalist at China Central Television, the largest national TV network in China. 

Research Interests: Economic Policy, Income Inequality, Social Stability