Health Inequality in China with its Rapid Socioeconomic and Demographic Change

Health Inequality in China with its Rapid Socioeconomic and Demographic Change

In the past four decades, China has experienced drastic socioeconomic and demographic changes. Great improvement has been made in population health outcomes with the rapid economic growth and lifted average living standard, but disparities still persist in mortality and morbidity, accessibility of health services, and availability of health insurance programs. This PhD research aims to understand the health inequality situation in China by 1) measuring the level of inequality in subjective and functional health, mortality, and morbidity patterns between population groups with different socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic features; 2) identifying the major socioeconomic, and demographic determinants of health inequality on different levels. This thesis will also study the dynamic relationship between health inequality and its determinants from a population ageing perspective. Findings from this multilevel research will expand our knowledge on the multiple dimensions of health inequality and its social, economic, and demographic determinants in the context of a developing country with the largest, and rapidly ageing population in the world.

Mengxue Chen is a PhD student in the School of Demography at the ANU. She holds a Master’s degree from London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Population and Development) and two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from University of Groningen and Fudan University. Her current research interests focus on measuring the health inequality between different population groups, and identifying the intermediate and proximate determinants of health inequality.



Date & time

Tue 26 Feb 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm


Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Bldg 13, Ellery Crescent, ANU


Mengxue Chen


Susan Cowan
6125 4273


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