Divorce and Law in China
This project researches how Chinese grassroots courts rule on divorce petitions. It scrapes off decisions on divorce cases made available online by the Supreme People’s Court and other official sources to create a database of cases where men and women dispute over the decision to divorce. The dataset provides source materials for understanding systematically how the courts rule on marital disputes in China.
China’s Outbound Investment
The project on China’s outbound investment seeks to understand the dynamics of China’s global capitalism and its implications for the world. Using data from public registries, surveys, and policy documents, we identify drivers of China’s outward investments, qualify differences between China’s state-owned enterprises and private firms, and examine how host countries respond to the influx of Chinese capital.
The Chinese media project seeks to understand how the Chinese media portrays events within China and abroad. Leveraging data from traditional media, social media, and television, the team is involved in research that automatically extracts information about events within China and quantifies differences in perspectives between the Chinese and international media.
Study of Chinese Ideology
We attempt to systematically measure the ideology of Chinese citizens and understand its origin and changes. We define ideology as the configuration and constraints of preferences for institutions and public policies. By studying ideology in China, we hope that it will not only shed light on the dynamics of political conflict and societal cleavages, but also help us understand the popularity of policies and political changes.
The CCP Elite database provides detailed biographical information including birth year, gender, ethnicity, county-level birth place, education level, university alma maters, year of entering and retiring from the CCP, work experience prior to becoming a CCP member, revolutionary and purged background, and all the job trajectories that senior cadres had experienced since 1949. Currently, the database contains all full and alternate Central Committee members since the founding of the party up to the 18th Party Congress, as well as all provincial standing committee members since 1976.
The project builds up the most extensive job codes for positions within the Chinese government, including almost every party, military, and government department and sub-department from the central level to the county level. The job identifiers also include positions in directly administered organs of the state council, bureaus administrated by each ministry, temporary or cooperative offices, leading small groups in party and government, mass organizations led by the CCP, and abolished departments from 1949. There are 2,411 administrative units, 1,040 universities and colleges, and 15,000 job specifications in the codebook.
Chinese Energy Markets
Energy sectors–traditionally dominated by central planning–are increasingly exposed to market forces, but why markets have been adopted in certain areas and not others, or why certain implementations have led to greater efficiency gains, are unclear.
This project explores these new developments through the collection and categorization of energy market data from a variety of primary and secondary Chinese-language sources.