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Yi Zeng, Research Professor

Yi Zeng
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Ph.D.Free University of Brussels (Belgium)1986
PhDBrussels Free University1986

Social Demography
Research Interests: China

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Huashuai Chen
  • Sandy Chen
  • Qiushi Feng
  • Yang Yang
Postdocs Mentored

  • Danan Gu (November, 2001 - Oct.2004)
  • Feng Zhao (January, 2001 - August, 2002)
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Zeng Yi, 2007. “Options of Fertility Policy Transition in China.” Population  and        
         Development Review. Vol. 33 No. 2, Pp. 215-246 (Heading article).
  2. Zeng Yi, Danan Gu, and Kenneth C. Land. 2007. “The Association of Childhood    
          Socioeconomic Conditions with Healthy Longevity at the Oldest-Old Ages in China.”
          Demography. Vol 44, No. 3: 497-518.
  3. Zeng Yi, Dudley Poston, Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, and Danan Gu (eds.). 2007. Healthy Longevity in China: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Psychological Dimensions. Dordrecht: Springer Publisher. .
  4. Zeng Yi, Kenneth C. Land, Zhenglian Wang, and Gu Danan. 2006. “U.S. Family Household Momentum and Dynamics -- Extension of ProFamy Method and Application.”  Population Research and Policy Review, 25(1): 1-41. .
  5. Zeng Yi, Eileen Crimmins, Yves Carrière, Jean-Marie Robine (eds.). 2005. Longer Life and          Healthy  Aging. Dordrecht: Springer Publisher. .
  6. Zeng Yi, Gu Danan, Xiao Zhenyu, Tao Liqun. 2005. Graphics of Socio-Demographic and Health Profiles of Oldest-Old in China (in both English and Chinese). Beijing: China Population Press. .
  7. ) Zeng, Yi, and Vaupel, J.W. 2004. “Association of Late Childbearing With Healthy Longevity among The Oldest-Old in China.” Population Studies, 58(1): 37-53. .
  8. Zeng Yi, Eric Stallard, And Zhenglian Wang. 2004. “Computing Time-Varying Sex-Age-            Specific Rates of Marriage/Union Formation and Dissolution in Family Household Projection        or Simulation.” Demographic Research, 11, 264-299. .
  9. Zeng Yi. 2004. Population Aging and Family Research. Beijing: Peking University Press (also distributed by Peking University Press' partners in Western countries). .
  10. Zeng, Yi.  2004.  “Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey and Some Research
         Findings.” Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 2004; 4: S49-S52.
  11. Zeng, Yi; Gu, Danan, and Land, K. C. 2004. “A New Method for Correcting Underestimation of Disabled Life Expectancy and Application to Chinese Oldest-Old.” Demography, Vol. 41 (2): 335-361. .
  12. Zeng Yi and James W. Vaupel. 2003. “Oldest Old Mortality in China.” Demographic Research, Vol. 8 (7): 215-244. .
  13. Zeng Yi and Zhenglian Wang. 2003. “Dynamics of Family and Elderly Living Arrangements in China: New Lessons Learned from the 2000 Census.” The China Review, Vol. 3, No. 2: 95-119.   .
  14. Zeng Yi, Liu Yuzhi, and Linda George. 2003. “Gender Differentials of Oldest Old in China.” Research on Aging. 25: 65-80. .
  15. Zeng Yi and James W. Vaupel. 2002. “Functional Capacity and Self-Evaluation of Health  
         and Life of the Oldest Old in China.” Journal of Social Issues, 58: 733-748.
  16. Zeng Yi and Kenneth C. Land. 2002. “Adjusting Period Tempo Changes – with an Extension of Ryder’s Basic Translation Equation.” Demography, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 269-285. .
  17. Zeng Yi and Linda George. 2002. “Extremely Rapid Aging and the Living Arrangement of Elderly Persons: the Case of China.” In Living Arrangements of Older Persons, Population Bulletin of the United Nations, Special Issue Nos. 42/43, New York: United Nations. .
  18. Zeng Yi, James W. Vaupel, Xiao Zhenyu, Zhang Chunyuan and Liu Yuzhi. 2002. “Sociodemographic and Health Profiles of Oldest Old in China.” Population and Development Review, No. 2, Vol. 28. .
  19. Zeng Yi, T. Paul Schultz, Wang Deming, and Gu Danan. 2002. “Association of Divorce with Socio-economic Covariates in China, 1955-1985: Event History Analysis based on Data collected in Shanghia, Hebei, and Shaanxi.” Demographic Research, Vol. 7, Article 11. .
  20. Zeng Yi. 2002. “Aging in China.” Ekerdt, David J. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Aging. Macmillan
         Reference USA, an Imprint of the Gale Group, New York.
  21. Zeng Yi and Kenneth C. Land. 2001. “A Sensitivity Analysis of The Bongaarts-Feeney New Method for Adjusting Bias in Observed Period Total Fertility Rates.” Demography, 38 (1): 17-28. .
  22. Zeng Yi, James W. Vaupel, Xiao Zhenyu, Zhang Chunyuang and Liu Yuzhi. 2001. “The Healthy Longevity Survey and the Active Life Expectancy of the Oldest Old in China.” Population: An English Selection, 13(1):  95-116. .
  23. Zeng Yi. 2001. “A Demographic Analysis of Family Households in China, 1982-1995.”      Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 15-34. .
  24. Zeng Yi and Jiang Leiwen. 2000. "Does Rapid Economic Growth Accompanied by Massive Migration Necessarily Result in Severe Environmental Pollution? -- A Case Study of Pear River Delta in China." Current Politics and Economics of China, Vol. 3, No. 3. Pp. 427-445. .
  25. Zeng Yi and Linda George. 2000. “Family Dynamics of 63 Million (in 1990) to More Than         330 Million (in 2050) Elders in China.” Demographic Research, Vol. 2 (5). .
  26. Zeng Yi and Wu Deqing. 2000. “A Regional Analysis of Divorce in China Since 1980.”  Demography, 37 (2): 215-219. .
  27. Zeng Yi, Wang Zhenglian, Ma Zhongdong, Chen Chunjun. 2000. “A Simple Method for Estimating  and : An Extension of Brass Relational Gompertz Fertility Model.” Population Research and Policy Review, Volume 19, No. 6, pp. 525-549. .
  28. Schultz, T. Paul and Zeng Yi. 1999. “The Impact of Institutional Reform from 1979 to 1987 on Fertility in Rural China.” Chinese Economic Review 10: 141-60. (The authors are listed alphabetically and share equally in the research design and analysis). .
  29. Vaupel, J.W., J.R. Carey, K. Christensen, T.E. Johnson, A.I. Yashin, N.V. Holm, I.A. Iachine, V. Kannisto, A.A. Khazaeli, P. Liedo, V.D.Longo, Zeng Yi, K.G. Manton, and J.W. Curtsinger. 1998. “Biodemographic Trajectories of Longevity.” Science, 280: 855-60. .
  30. Zeng Yi, James W. Vaupel and Wang Zhenglian. 1998. “Household Projection Using Conventional Demographic Data.” Population and Development Review, Supplementary Issue: Frontiers of Population Forecasting. Volume 24: 59-87. .
  31. Zeng Yi, James W. Vaupel, and Wang Zhenglian. 1997. “A Multidimensional Model for Projecting Family Households -- With an Illustrative Numerical Application.” Mathematical Population Studies 6: 187-216. .
  32. Zeng Yi. 1997. “Dilemmas of Family Size Norms in China.” Selected and referred article for publication in International Population Conference, Volume 3: 1405-1418. Liege: International Union for Scientific Studies of Population, 23rd General Conference. .
  33. Zeng Yi. 1996. “Is Fertility in China in 1991-1992 Far Below the Replacement Level?” Population Studies Vol. 50: 27-34. .
  34. Schultz, T. Paul and Zeng Yi. 1995. “Fertility of Rural China: Effects of Local Family Planning and Health Programs.” Population Economics 8: 329-50. .
  35. Zeng Yi. 1995. “Aging in China: Progress and Policy Responses.” Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 5: 77-83. .
  36. Zeng Yi. 1995. “China's Agenda for an Old-age Insurance Program in Rural Areas.” Journal of Aging  & Social Policy 6: 101-14. .
  37. Zeng Yi, A. Coale, M.K. Choe, Z. Liang, and L. Liu. 1994. “Leaving Parental Home: Census Based Estimates for China, Japan, South Korea, The United States, France, and Sweden.” Population Studies 48: 65-80. .
  38. Zeng Yi, and Wang Deming. 1993. “An Event History Analysis of Remarriage in China.” Selected and referred article for publication in: International Population Conference, Volume 3: 323-335. Liege: International Union for Scientific Studies of Population, 22nd General Conference. .
  39. Zeng Yi, J.W. Vaupel, and Wang Zhenglian. 1993. “Marriage and Fertility in China: Recent Trends.” Genus Vol. IL:17-34. .
  40. Zeng Yi, Tu Ping, Gu Baochang, Xu Yi, Li Bohua and Li Youngping. 1993. “An Analysis on Causes and Implications of Recent Increase in Sex Ratio at Births in China.” Population and Development Review 19: 283-302.   .
  41. James W. Vaupel and Zeng Yi. 1991. “Population Tradeoffs in China.” Policy Sciences 24: 389-406. .
  42. Zeng Yi, Tu Ping, Guo Liu and Xie Ying. 1991. “A Demographic Decomposition of Recent Increase in Crude Birth Rates in China.” Population and Development Review 17: 435-458. .
  43. Zeng Yi. 1991. Family Dynamics in China: A Life Table Analysis.  Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press. Note: This research book was peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication. .
  44. Zeng Yi and J. Vaupel. 1989. “Impact of Urbanization and Delayed Childbearing on Population Growth and Aging in China.” Population and Development Review 15: 425:445. .
  45. Zeng Yi. 1989. “Is China's Family Planning Program Tightening Up?” Population and Development  Review Vol. 15:333-337. .
  46. Zeng Yi. 1988. “Changing Demographic Characteristics and the Family Status of Chinese Women.” Population Studies 42: 183-203. .
  47. Zeng Yi. 1986 “Changes in Family Structure in China: a Simulation Study.” Population and Development Review 12:675-703. .
  48. Zeng Yi, J. Vaupel and A.Yashin. 1985. “Marriage and Fertility in China: A Graphical Analysis.” Population and Development Review 11: 721-36. .

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