The video interviews were conducted during the the 8th Asian Conference on Applied Micro-Economcs and Econometrics on November 28-29, 2014. It was co-organized by the HKUST Institute of Emerging Market Studies (www.iems.ust.hk ) and the Department of Economics, and focused heavily on the themes of labor economics and policy. Over 50 attendees from around Asia in a range of academic specialties enjoyed the 18 presentations given over the course of the 2-day conference. Key presentations included Yale University Professor Mark Rosenzweig’s study on the affect of crop insurance on agricultural labor wages in rural India, Osaka University Professor Masaru Sasaki ‘s study on the relationship between switching jobs and wage increases in the Chinese labor market, and Tsinghua University Professor Hongbin Li’s study on the impact on the returns to college education in the Chinese labor market.
In China, the number of skill intensive jobs versus brawn intensive jobs has increased. While this is generally a hallmark of development, in China it is happening much faster than in other countries. This trend favors women who have a comparative advantage over men in these endeavors. It could also lead to the end of the boy bias in Chinese fertility patterns.