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Education Brown Bag Talks: Ran Liu
November 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Professor Ran Liu will examine the effect of sibship structure on adolescent cognitive ability in China. Her research has shown a negative effect of having siblings on adolescent cognitive ability, and this effect is more evident among girls than boys. Three mediation mechanisms will be discussed: children with siblings tend to 1) have lower levels of parental education involvement and parent-child interaction; 2) spend more time on housework; and 3) possess fewer education resources. These three mechanisms work differently for boys and girls in families with different sibship structures. As China ends its One Child Policy and more children live in households with siblings, this talk points to the potential exacerbation of gender inequality and calls for the development of policy initiatives to address the adverse impact on girls.
Ran Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research examines gender inequality in education with a particular focus on East Asian societies. More broadly, she studies the intersection of race, gender, class, and immigration status in education and the labor market.