Qin Gao, Professor, Graduate School of Social Service
Ph.D., Columbia University (with Distinction)
M.A., Peking (Beijing) University
B.A., China Youth University for Political Sciences
Address: 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
International Social and Economic Development
2014- Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
2010-2014 Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
2005-2010 Assistant Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Gao, Q. (2016). Welfare, Work and Poverty: China's Social Assistance 20 Years After. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:
Gao, Q. & Rickne, J. (2015). Inequality in social insurance participation and generosity: Do firm characteristics matter? Social Policy & Administration. In press.
Gao, Q. & Zhai, F. (2015). Public assistance, economic prospect, and happiness in urban China. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-1174-4.
Gao, Q., Yang, S. & Li, S. (2015). Welfare, targeting, and anti-poverty effectiveness: The case of urban China. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 56, 30-42.
Gao, Q., Ying, Q. & Luo, D. (2015). Hidden income and occupational background: Evidence from Guangzhou. Journal of Contemporary China, 24(94), 721-741.
Gao, Q., Wu, S. & Zhai, F. (2015). Welfare participation and time use in China. Social Indicators Research, 124, 863-887.
Yang, S., Gao, Q. & Li, S. (2015). Targeting and anti-poverty performance of the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee program in urban China. Studies in Labor Economics, 3(3). (in Chinese)
Gao, Q., Zhai, F. Yang, S. & Li, S. (2014). Does welfare enable family expenditures on human capital? Evidence from China. World Development, 64: 219-231.
Gao, Q. & Rickne, J. (2014). Firm ownership and social insurance inequality in transitional China: Evidence from a large panel of firm data. European Journal of Social Security, 16(1): 2-25. Winner of Best Paper Prize, awarded to the best paper presented at the 20th Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conference.
Gao, Q. (2013). Public assistance and poverty reduction: The case of Shanghai. Global Social Policy, 13(2): 193-215.
Gao, Q., Yang, S. & Li, S. (2013). The Chinese welfare state in transition: 1988-2007. Journal of Social Policy, 42(4): 743-762.
Yang, S., Gao, Q. & Li, S. (2013). Social welfare system and income distribution in China: 1988-2007. Economic Theory and Business Management, 2013(3): 29-38. (in Chinese)
Gao, Q., Yang, S. & Li, S. (2012). Labor contracts and social insurance participation among migrant workers in China. China Economic Review, 23(4): 1195-1205.
Gao, Q. & Zhai, F. (2012). Anti-poverty family policies in China: A critical evaluation. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 6(1): 122-135.
Gao, Q., Yoo, J.Y., Yang, S., & Zhai, F. (2011). Welfare residualism: A comparative study of the basic livelihood security systems in China and South Korea. International Journal of Social Welfare, 20(2): 113-124.
Gao, Q. (2010). Redistributive nature of the Chinese social benefit system: Progressive or regressive? The China Quarterly, 201(1): 1-19.
Gao, Q., Zhai, F. & Garfinkel, I. (2010). How does public assistance affect family expenditures? The case of urban China. World Development, 38(7), 989-1000.
Gao, Q. & Zhai, F. (2010). Demographic changes and household income in urban China: 1988-2002. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 3(1), 18-36.
Zhai, F. & Gao, Q. (2010). Center-based care in the context of the one-child policy in China: Do child gender and siblings matter? Population Research and Policy Review, 29(5), 745-774.
Zhai, F., Raver, C., Jones, S., Li-Grining, C., Pressler, E., & Gao, Q. (2010). Dosage effects of classroom-based interventions on school readiness: Evidence from a randomized experiment in Head Start settings. Social Service Review, 84(4), 709-711.
Gao, Q., Garfinkel, I. & Zhai, F. (2009). Anti-poverty effectiveness of the Minimum Living Standard Assistance policy in urban China. Review of Income and Wealth, 55(s1): 630-655.
Zhai, F. & Gao, Q. (2009). Child maltreatment among Asian Americans: Characteristics and explanatory framework. Child Maltreatment, 14(2): 207-224.
Gao, Q. (2008). The Chinese Social Benefit System in Transition: Reforms and Impacts on Income Inequality. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1136: 342-347.
Zhai, F. & Gao, Q. (2008). Center-Based Early Childhood Education and Care in China: Policies, Trends, and Implications. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 2(3): 127-148.
Kaushal, N., Gao, Q., & Waldfogel, J. (2007). Welfare reform and family expenditures: How are single mothers adapting to the new welfare and work regime? Social Service Review, 81(3), 369-396. Winner of the 2008 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize, awarded to the best article published in Social Service Review in 2007, and One of the Top 20 Articles of 2008 in the Annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research competition.
Lewis, C., Garfinkel, I. & Gao, Q. (2007). Incarceration and unwed fathers in fragile families. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 34(3), 77-94.
Rich, L., Garfinkel, I. & Gao, Q. (2007). Child support enforcement policy and unmarried fathers’ employment in the underground and regular economies. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 26(4), 765-784.
Gao, Q. (2006). The social benefit system in urban China: Reforms and trends from 1988 to 2002. Journal of East Asian Studies, 6(1), 31-67.
Peer-reviewed Book Chapters:
Gao, Q., Evans, M. & Garfinkel, I. (2013). Cash transfers and income inequality in post-socialist China and Vietnam. In Baehler, K. & Besharov, D. (eds.), Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition. Oxford University Press.
Gao, Q. & Riskin, C. (2013). Generosity and participation: Variations in urban China’s Minimum Livelihood Guarantee policy. In Kennedy, D. & Stiglitz, J. E. (eds.), Law and Economics with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions for Promoting Development in the 21st Century. Oxford University Press.
Gao, Q., Garfinkel, I. & Zhai, F. (2011). Anti-poverty effectiveness of the Minimum Living Standard Assistance policy in urban China. Chinese version of the paper in Review of Income and Wealth (2009) published in Xu, X., Li, S., Wu, X., & Yue, X. (eds.), Productivity and Income Distribution: Macro Accounting and Micro measurement. Beijing, China: Beijing University Press.
Kaushal, N. & Gao, Q. (2011). Food Stamp program and consumption choices in low-educated single mother families. In Grossman, M. (ed.), Economic Aspects of Obesity, University of Chicago Press.
Riskin, C. & Gao, Q. (2010). The changing nature of urban poverty in China. In Anand, S., Segal, P. & Stiglitz, J. E. (eds.), Debates in the Measurement of Global Poverty. Oxford University Press.
Gao, Q. & Riskin, C. (2009). Market versus social benefits: Explaining China’s changing income inequality. In Davis, D. & Wang, F. (eds.), Creating Wealth and Poverty in Postsocialist China. Stanford University Press.
Gao, Q., Kaushal, N., & Waldfogel, J. (2009). How have expansions in the Earned Income Tax Credit affected family expenditures? In Ziliak, J. (ed.), Ten Years after: Evaluating the Long-Term Effects of Welfare Reform on Children, Families, Welfare, and Work. Cambridge University Press.
Gao, Q. (2008). Social benefits in urban China: Determinants and impacts on income inequality in 1988 and 2002. In Wan, G. (ed.), Understanding Inequality and Poverty in China: Methods and Applications. Palgrave Macmillan.
2014-2016 Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund Faculty Grant, “Cultural Values, Childrearing Practices, and Child Maltreatment among Asian Immigrant Families in Hawaii.” Co-Principal Investigator. Principal Investigator: Jing Guo at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Co-Principal Investigator: Fuhua Zhai at Fordham University.
2013-2014 Fordham University Faculty Fellowship, “Child Maltreatment among Asian Americans: Risk and Protective Factors.” Principal Investigator.
2012-2013 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant, “Social Policy, Poverty, and Income Inequality in China: From 2002 to 2007.” Principal Investigator. Co-Investigator: Shi Li.
2012-2013 Fordham University Faculty Research Grant, “Sources and Distribution of Hidden Income in China: Evidence from Guangzhou.” Principal Investigator.
2009-2012 Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program, “Cultural Values, Childrearing Practices, and Child Maltreatment among Asian Americans in New York City.” Principal Investigator. Co-Investigator: Fuhua Zhai.
2009-2012 Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Faculty Research Grant Program, “Cultural Values, Childrearing Practices, and Child Maltreatment among Asian Americans in New York City.” Principal Investigator. Co-Investigator: Fuhua Zhai.
2009-2010 Global Public Policy Network, “Social Benefits and Income Inequality in Post-Socialist China and Vietnam.” Principal Investigator. Co-Investigators: Martin Evans and Irwin Garfinkel.
2009-2010 Fordham University Faculty Fellowship, “How Does Public Assistance Affect Family Expenditures and Happiness? The Case of Urban China.” Principal Investigator.
2008-2009 Fordham University Faculty Research Grant, “Anti-Poverty Effectiveness of the Minimum Living Standard Assistance Policy in Urban China.” Principal Investigator.
2007-2008 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Junior Scholar Grant, “The Chinese Social Benefit System in Transition: Impacts and Implications for Future Reforms.” Principal Investigator.
2007-2008 Horowitz Foundation Social Policy Award, “The Chinese Social Benefit System in Transition: Size, Domains, and Redistributive Effects.” Principal Investigator.
2007-2008 University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Young Investigator Development Grant, “The Earned Income Tax Credit, Family Expenditures, and Child Well-being.” Principal Investigator.
2006-2007 Fordham University Faculty Research Grant, “Reforming the Chinese Social Benefit System: Transitions, Impacts, and Policy Implications.” Principal Investigator.
HONORS AND AWARDS
10/2013 Winner of Best Paper Prize, paper on social insurance inequality in urban China presented at the 20th Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conference (with co-author Johanna Rickne).
05/2012 Funded-Research Scholar Award, Fordham University, sole winner in the social sciences for outstanding contributions to the University and its mission through externally funded research.
06/2011 Invited Speaker, United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Expert Group Meeting on “Assessing family policies: Confronting family poverty and social exclusion & ensuring work-family balance”
06/2009 One of the Top 20 Articles of 2008 in the Annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research competition, awarded to an article published in Social Service Review in 2007
12/2008 Emerging Social Work Leader Award, National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter
2007-2008 Invited Participant, University of Manchester Brooks World Poverty Institute and Columbia University Initiative for Policy Dialogue China Task Force
FEATURED IN MEDIA
“Qin Gao on China: As Sleeping Giant Awakes, Social Problems Loom.” Inside Fordham, March 31, 2008.
“Fordham and China Forge Lasting Partnerships.” Inside Fordham, January 14, 2013