Using two waves of surveys (2019 and 2021) among Chinese economists with support from the Chinese Economists Society (CES), we capture a current profile of Chinese academic economists on their demographics, education, academic rank, wage, time use, research interests, and productivity. Our data reveal many similarities among those employed in China and overseas, with statistically significant differences in pay and teaching load. More profound disparities lie in gender comparisons, with findings echoing the recent trend in the overall economics profession, including career advancement challenges for women and lower pay for female economists, among others. Finally, this paper investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese economists. Comparing their time allocation with that before the pandemic suggests male economists with children were able to spend slightly more time per workday on research and leisure during the pandemic. On the contrary, female economists with children reduced time for research to cope with the increased demand for childcare.
- Gender disparity
- The Chinese Economists Society
- Wage differentials
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics