【光华讲坛】Cotton revolution and widow chastity in Ming and Qing China
主题： Cotton revolution and widow chastity in Ming and Qing China
主讲人：北京大学现代农学院 王晓兵 副教授
主持人：西南财经大学 经济与管理研究院教授 余建宇
王晓兵博士现为北京大学现代农学院中国农业政策研究中心副教授。她毕业于德国马丁路德-哈雷-维腾贝格大学，并获得博士学位。在加入农业政策研究中心前，曾就职于在德国中东欧农业发展研究所。主要研究方向是中国以及其他转轨国家的劳动力市场的发展，贫困和生产力的分析。在Food Policy, China Economics Review, and Agricultural Economics等期刊发表多篇文章。
She is an associate professor in China Center for Agricultural Policy (CCAP), Peking University. She obtained Ph.D degree from Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Before she joined CCAP, she worked as a research associate in Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), Germany. Her research focuses on the development of labor market, poverty and productivity analysis in China and other transition countries. Several papers have published on Food Policy, China Economics Review, and Agricultural Economics, etc.
Widow chastity in China’s history is regarded as the outcome of traditional Confucian thought. This study examines how economic factors play key roles in the formation of a cultural tradition by studying the causality between technological progress in the cotton textile industry and the increase in widow chastity between the Ming and Qing Dynasties. We find that widow chastity increased by a significant 32 percent in traditional cotton areas when compared to noncotton areas. This result is robust when we address issues of selection effects and alternative economic and cultural channels that may influence widow chastity.