Kam Wing Chan  http://faculty.washington.edu/kwchan/chinese.GIF

 BA; MSc., Hong Kong
Ph.D, Toronto, 1988

Current Positions at University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Urban and economic geography; migration; labor market, urban finance; China.


Recent Major Grants and Contract Research

  • Consultant for McKinsey Global Institute, 2007-09, for a project entitled “Preparing for China’s Urban Billion.”
  • Consultant for the United Nations Population Division, 2007-08, research on internal migration in China and advice for World Urbanization Prospect projects.
  • Co-PI, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2005-08, for a research project on China’s urban administrative hierarchy and economic development.
  • Consultant for the World Bank, 1999-2001, and 2003-2005 for a research and policy project on urban development strategy in China (with China’s National Development and Reform Commission)
  • PI, National Science Foundation, 1997-2002, Collaborative research on "Recent Migration in China and the Impact of the Hukou System".
  • PI, Henry Luce Foundation, 1997-2002, research project: "Internal Migration in China: the Hukou System, Labor Market and Social Change"
  • Co-PI, Ford Foundation, 2000-2001, Chinese Public Policy Research Grant for a project on urban unemployment and migration in China.


Current Editorial Positions

·       Eurasian Geography and Economics, Co-Editor

·       The China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, Editorial Board

·        Demography, Editorial Board

·       Journal of China in Comparative Perspective, Executive Editor

·       Asian Geographer, Editorial Board



Selected Publications


Books and Edited Volumes:

杨云彦、蔡昉、陈金永、王德文, 2004. , 中国统计出版社 (Yang Yunyan, Cai Fang, Kam Wing Chan, and Wang Dewen, 2004. Employment and Transition of Labor Market, Beijing: Chinese Statistical Press, 298 pp.

Chan, Kam Wing, Guest editor, 2003. Special Issue on Chinese Census 2000, The Chinese Review, 3(2), 197 pp.

Chan, Kam Wing, Guest editor, 1996. Special Issue on Internal Migration in China, Chinese Environment and Development, 7 (1 and 2), 173 pp.

Chan, Kam Wing, 1994. Cities with Invisible Walls: Reinterpreting Urbanization in Post-1949 China, Oxford University Press, 194 pp.


Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

Chan, Kam Wing, 2012. “Crossing the 50 Percent Population Rubicon: Can China Urbanize to Prosperity?” Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vo1.53, No.1, pp.63-86.

Chan, Kam Wing, 2012. “Internal Labor Migration in China: Trends, Geography and Policies” in United Nations Population Division, Population Distribution, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development: An International Perspective, New York: United Nations, pp.81-102.

Chan, Kam Wing and Alana Boland, 2012. "Cities of East Asia," in Stanley Brunn, Maureen Hays-Mitchell, Donald Zeigler (eds.), Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development,5th ed, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, pp.470-521.

陈金永, 2011. “中国户籍制度和农民工,” 《神州交流》, 8 , , 32-41页。

Chan, Kam Wing, 2010. “The Global Financial Crisis and Migrant Workers in China: There is No Future as a Labourer; Returning to the Village has No Meaning,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(3), pp.659-77.  (download paper)

陈金永,2010. “中国人口发展、农民工流动趋势与刘易斯转折点,” 《中国劳动经济》第6卷第一期,第124页。(文章下载

陈金永,2010. 当前中国的城镇人口统计问题及其对经济分析的影响,” 蔡昉主编《中国人口与劳动问题报告No.11—后金融危机时期的劳动力市场挑战》(北京:社会科学文献出版社)236-247文章下载

Chan, Kam Wing, 2010. “A China Paradox: Migrant Labor Shortage amidst Rural Labor Supply Abundance,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 51(4), pp.513-530.

Chan, Kam Wing, 2010. “The Chinese Household Registration System and Migrant Labor in China: Notes on a Debate,” Population and Development Review, 36(2), pp.357-364.

Chan, Kam Wing, 2010. “Fundamentals of China’s Urbanization and Policy,” The China Review, Vol. 10, No.1, pp.63-94 (download paper).

Chan, Kam Wing, 2010. “The Problem with China’s Urban Population Data,” East Asia Center Newsletter, Winter, pp.2-3 (download paper).

Cai, Fang and Kam Wing Chan, 2009. “Global Recession and Unemployment in China,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 50 (5), pp.513-531 (download paper).

Chan, Kam Wing, 2009. “Population, Migration and the Lewis Turning Point in China,” in Cai Fang and Du Yang (eds.), The China Population and Labor Yearbook, Volume 1: The Approaching Lewis Turning Point and Its Policy Implications, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, pp.xix-xli. (download chapter)

Chan, Kam Wing, 2009.  “Measuring the Urban Millions,” China Economic Quarterly, March, pp.21-26. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 2009. “The Chinese Hukou System at 50,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 50 (2), pp.197-221 (download paper).

Chan, Kam Wing and Will Buckingham, 2008. “Is China Abolishing the Hukou System?” The China Quarterly, 195, pp.582-606. (中文译文:陈金永 威尔·白金汉:中国正在废除户口制度吗?”)

Chan, Kam Wing, Vernon Henderson, and Kai Yuen Tsui, 2008. “Spatial Dimensions of Chinese Economic Development,” in Thomas Rawski and Loren Brandt (eds.), China’s Great Transformation: Origins, Mechanisms, and Consequences of the Post-Reform Economic Boom, Cambridge University Press, pp.776-828 (中文译本: 伟大的中国经济转型)

Williams, Jack and Kam Wing Chan, 2008. "Cities of East Asia," in Stanley Brunn, Maureen Hays-Mitchell, and Donald Zeigler (eds.), Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 4rd ed, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, pp.474-527 (download chapter).

Chan, Kam Wing and Man Wang, 2008. “Remapping China’s Regional Inequalities, 1990-2006: A New Assessment of de Facto and de Jure Population Data,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 49(1), pp.21-56 (download paper).

Chan, Kam Wing, 2008. “Internal Labor Migration in China: Trends, Geographical Distribution and Policies,” Proceedings of United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Population Distribution, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development, ESA/P/WP.206, United Nations, pp.93-122.

Wang, Enru and Kam Wing Chan, 2007. “Store Wars: Changing Retail Ownership in Beijing,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 48(5), pp.573-602.

Chan, Kam Wing, 2007. “Misconceptions and Complexities in the Study of China’s Cities: Definitions, Statistics, and Implications,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 48(4), pp.383-412. (download paper)

Bae, Christine and Kam Wing Chan, 2006.  “The Extended Pacific Rim: An Awakening Giant” in H.S. Geyer (ed.) Global Regionalization: Core Peripheral Trends, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.113-162. (download chapter)

王恩儒、陈金永, 2005.“倾斜的分数线中国大学录取条件的地区差异” (Wang, Enru and Kam Wing Chan 2005.  “Tilting Scoreline: Geographical Inequalities in Admission Scores to Higher Education in China,”) in Cai Fang and Zhang Zhanxin (eds.), Labor Market in China’s Transition, Beijing: China Population Publishing House, pp.237-266. (download paper)

苏红、陈金永, 2005. 土地征用与地方政府的行为” (Su Hong and Kam Wing Chan, 2005. Land Expropriation and Local Government Behavior), Hong Kong Baptist University, The Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies, Occasional Paper No.58, 24 pp. (download manuscript)

陈金永, 2004.“中国户籍制度改革和城乡人口迁移《中国劳动经济》 (Chan, Kam Wing, 2004. “Chinese Hukou Reforms and Rural-urban Migration,”) China Labor Economics, 2004 (1), pp.108-123. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 2003. "Chinese Census 2000: New Opportunities and Challenges," The China Review, 3(2), pp.1-12. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing and Ying Hu, 2003. "Urbanization in China in the 1990s: New Definition, Different Series, and Revised Trends," The China Review, 3(2), pp.49-71 (download paper )

Chan, Kam Wing, 2003. “Migration in China in the Reform Era: Characteristics, Consequences, and Implications” in Alvin So (ed.) The Chinese Developmental Miracle: Origins, Transformation, and Challenges (Armonk: M.E.Sharpe), pp.111-135.

Solinger, Dorothy and Kam Wing Chan, 2002. "The China Difference:  City Studies Under Socialism and Beyond," in John Eade and Chris Mele, eds., Understanding the City, (Blackwell Press), pp.204-221.(download chapter)

Chan, Kam Wing, 2001. "Recent Migration in China: Patterns, Trends, and Policies," Asian Perspectives, 25(4), pp.127-155. (download paper)

Liu, Ta and Kam Wing Chan, 2001. "National Statistics on Internal Migration in China: Comparability Problems," China Information, 15(2), pp.75-113.(download paper)

Yang Yunyan, Kam Wing Chan, and Ta Liu, 2001. "The Impacts of Outside Labor on Urban Labor Market," (in Chinese) Zhongguo renkou kexue (Population Science of China), No.2, pp.52-58.

Chan, Kam Wing, 2000. "Internal Migration in China: Trends, Development and Scenarios," in China's Urbanization Strategy: Opportunities, Issues & Policy Options," (published by the World Bank and PRC State Development Planning Commission), pp.56-63.

杨云彦、陈金永, 2000.“转型劳动力市场的分层与竞争《中国社会科学》(Yang Yunyan and Kam Wing Chan, 2000. "Job Competition and Segmentation in a Transitional Labor Market," Social Sciences in China, No.5, pp.28-38. (download paper)

Cai Fang and Kam Wing Chan, 2000. "The Political Economy of Urban Protectionist Employment Policies in China," Working Paper Series No.2, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Population Studies. 14 pp. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing and Li Zhang, 1999. "The Hukou System and Rural-urban Migration: Processes and Changes," The China Quarterly, Volume 160, Issue 1, pp. 818-855. (中文譯本:陈金永 张力,中国的户口制度与城乡人口迁移”)

Chan, Kam Wing, Ta Liu and Yunyan Yang, 1999. "Hukou and Non-hukou Migrations: Comparisons and Contrasts", International Journal of Population Geography, 5(6), pp.425-448. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 1999. "Internal Migration in China: A Dualistic Approach," in Frank Pieke and Hein Mallee (eds.) Internal and International Migration: Chinese Perspectives, Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, pp.49-71.

Yang Yunyan, Kam Wing Chan, and Ta Liu, 1999.  "An Analysis of Regional Migration in China" (in Chinese), Zhongguo renkou kexue (Population Science of China), No.73, pp.20-26.

Chan, Kam Wing, 1998. "Infrastructure Services and Financing in Chinese Cities," Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, 7(3), pp.503-528.(download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 1998. "An Analysis of Consequences and Policies Concerning Recent Population Migration in Mainland China " (in Chinese), Journal of Population Studies (Taiwan), No.19, pp.33-52.

Chan, Kam Wing, 1997. "Urbanization and Urban Infrastructure Services in the PRC," in Christine Wong (ed.) Financing Local Government in the People's Republic of China, Oxford University Press, pp.83-125

Chan, Kam Wing, 1996. "Post-Mao China: A Two-Class Urban Society in the Making," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 20(1), pp.134-150. (download paper).

Chan, Kam Wing and Yunyan Yang, 1996. "Inter-provincial Migration in China in the Post-1949 Era: Types, Spatial Patterns, and Comparisons," Seattle Population Research Center Working Paper No.96-14, 33 pp. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 1994. "Economic Development in China in the Reform Era: Environmental Implications," Chinese Environment and Development, 4(4), pp.3-24.

Chan, Kam Wing, 1994. "Urbanization and Rural-urban Migration in China since 1982: A New Baseline," Modern China, 20(2), pp.243-281 (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 1992. "Economic Growth Strategy and Urbanization Policies in China, 1949-82," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 16(2), pp.275-305. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing and Kai Yuen Tsui, 1992. "'Agricultural' and 'Non-agricultural' Population Statistics of the People's Republic of China: Definitions, Findings and Comparisons", University of Hong Kong, Department of Geography and Geology, Occasional Paper, No.1, 41 pp. (download paper)

陈金永, 1990.“试析社会主义国家城市化的特点” (Chan, Kam Wing, 1990. “An Analysis of the Features of Urbanization in Socialist Countries”), Zhongguo renkou kexue (Population Science of China), No.21, pp.6-12, and 53. (download paper)

Chan, Kam Wing, 1988. "Rural-urban Migration in China, 1950-1982: Estimates and Analysis," Urban Geography, 9(1), pp.53-84.

Chan, Kam Wing and Xueqiang Xu, 1985. "Urban Population Growth and Urbanization in China Since 1949: Reconstructing a Baseline," The China Quarterly, No.104, pp.583-613 (download paper).


Unpublished Manuscripts (under preparation)


Current Research Projects on China

·        Internal migration and the hukou reforms

·        City population statistics

·        Spatial administrative hierarchy

·        Urbanization and land conversion

·        Cities and regional development

·        Urban social geography and suburbanization


Contact Address:
Department of Geography
University of Washington, Box 353550
Seattle, WA 98195-3550, USA
Tel: (206) 543-6994; Fax: (206) 543-3313