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Wenjie Zhang

Wenjie Zhang earned her doctoral degree in Public Policy in 2013. Her current research primarily focuses on the measurement and assessment of China’s pay inequality and its political and social impacts on Chinese society during the transitional period. Dr. Zhang’s dissertation is entitled “From Entrepreneurs to Civil Servants – how has China succeeded and endured so far”, mainly 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, Dr. Zhang 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. Dr. Zhang also actively participated in a variety of international conferences, seminars and workshops on inequality, poverty and development. During several summers, Dr. Zhang has worked as a researcher at United Nations Development Programs, mainly investigating the relations between African countries and emerging economies. In 2013 she worked as a research consultant at the World Bank’s research department. In 2014 she started to work for Luxembourg Income Study Center as an independent researcher.

Dr. Zhang holds a Master degree in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master degree in Russian Studies from the 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