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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

 

Mun C. Tsang, PhD

Professor of Economics of Education, Teachers College Columbia University, USA

Director, Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University, USA

Changjiang Scholar, Ministry of Education, China

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China

Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University, China

Email: mct27@columbia.edu

Phone: 212-678-3814

Address: Box 211, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY10027, USA

 

Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1979.

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1979.

M.A. Economics (Development Economics), Stanford University, June 1983.

Ph.D. Economics of Education, Stanford University, August 1984.

Thesis: The Impact of Overeducation on Productivity: A Study of a Communication Industry.

 

Areas of Specialization

Education Finance.

Education Costs and Policy Analysis in Education.

Education and Economic Development.

Educational Development and Reform in China.

 

Teaching Experience

1998-present, Professor of Education and Economics, Teachers College, Columbia University.

1995-1998, Professor of Education Economics, Michigan State University.

May 1996, An instructor of workshop on economics of education, organized by Harvard Institute for International Development, for participants from Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

1989-1995, Associate Professor of Education Economics, Michigan State University.

December 1992, Instructor of course on cost analysis and policy making in technical education and vocational training, offered in Shashi, China.

Summer 1992, Instructor of course on costs and financing of education, offered at Michigan State University, for participants from Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

Summer 1991, Instructor of Specialist Service Program, Institut Aminuddin Baki, Ministry of Education, Malaysia .

August 1988, Instructor of workshop on financing of education, held at the Academy of Education Planning and Development, Ministry of Education, Islamabad, Pakistan.

1984-1989, Assistant Professor of Education Economics Michigan State University.

Summer 1986, Visiting Professor to College of Educational Administration, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Summer 1985, Visiting Professor to Institute of Foreign Educational Research, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Fall 1982, Visiting Scholar, Beijing Normal University and East China Normal University, China.

Winter 1982, Teaching assistant, School of Education, Stanford University.

 

Administrative Experience

2000 - Now, Director, Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

1998 - 2000, Chair, Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University.

1999-2002, Coordinator, Economics and Education Program.

2001-2002, Coordinator, International Educational Development Program; Coordinator, Comparative and International Education Program.

2002-2004,  Facilitator for financial aid, International Educational Development Program, and Comparative and International Education Program.

 

Research Experience

2012-now, Higher education and labor-market outcome in China.  In collaboration with faculty from Tsinghua University.

2011-now, Quality of education and gender disparity in China.  In collaboration with faculty from Peking University and Tsinghua University.

2009-2011, Equity in financing of compulsory education in China. 

2007-2008, Education for children of migrant workers in urban China.  In collaboration with Beijing Normal University, South China Normal University, Peking University, and Shanghai University of Science and Technology.  Funded by Ford Foundation, Beijing Office.

2006-2009, Gender differences in science & engineering fields in higher education in China.  In collaboration with faculty from Peking University.

2006-2009, Internationalization of research universities in China, funded by Lingnan Foundcation.

2005- 2007, Lifelong education for migrant workers in urban China, in collaboration with East China Normal University and Peking University, funded by the Ford Foundcation.

2005- 2007, Education for children of migrant workers in urban China. In collaboration with Beijing Normal University, South China Normal University, and Shanghai University of Science and Technology.

2003-2004, University research and technology transfer. A study of the US and China.

2003-2004, Higher Education in China: Issues of Efficiency and Mergers. In collaboration with Peking University.

2002-2004, Privatization of higher education in China. In collaboration with Beijing Normal University.

2001-2003, Financing of compulsory education in rural China. Funded by the Ford Foundation.

2000 -2003, School choice and privatization in China. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

1999-2000, Education and earnings in urban China over time.

1996-1999, Human-capital development and economic competitiveness in a global economy: The Shenzhen model. In collaboration with Professor Jin Xiao, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

1996-1999, Cross-national study of education, earnings, and employment. Policy options for increased access and improved equity in primary and secondary education (especially for poor and rural children). Earnings and employment impacts of education by racial and gender groups. Countries include Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Jamaica. Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.

1997-1998, Economic and cultural factors in access to primary education in rural China.

1996-1997, Financial reform of higher education in China.

1996-1998, Basic education and poverty reduction in rural areas in China, in collaboration with Professor Xin Wei, Peking University.

1996, Economic burden of household education spending and access to primary education in poor areas in Shanxi and Yunnan, provinces, China. Funded by the World Bank.

1995-1996, Parental spending on education and access to basic education in poor counties in Hebei and Gansu provinces, China. Funded by the World Bank.

1994-1995, Financing of education in Bangladesh : issues of access, quality, and efficiency. Sponsored by the World Bank.

1992-1993, Evaluation of the financial reform of basic education in China: Issues of resource mobilization and inequality.

1991-1992, Model of skill demand, and skill-demand indicators for Michigan. Funded by Michigan Partnership for New Education, Michigan, USA.

1991, Indicators for policy analysis in basic education, Ghana. In collaboration with Professor Douglas Windham. Funded by International Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO.

1990, Indicators system for education and the economy for Michigan . In collaboration with Professor Dick Elmore. Funded by Michigan Department of Commerce.

1990, Costs and financing of adult education in Shenzhen , China. In collaboration with Dr. Jin Xiao. Partial funding from the Bureau of Adult Education, Shenzhen, China.

1989-91 Costs and efficiency of higher education in China. In collaboration with Professor Weifang Min, Peking University.

1989-1991, The financing of basic education in Shaanxi and Guizhou, China. Sponsored by the World Bank.

1986-1990, Cross-national research on costs and financing of primary and secondary education. Funded by U.S. AID, through subcontracts with Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University as leading institution. Studies included: (a) private costs of education in Thailand; (b) costs and relative efficiency of public and private primary schools in Thailand;(c) the financing of primary education in Pakistan; (d) private costs of education in Pakistan; and (e) review of cost analysis and educational policy making in developing countries.

1989-1990, The vocationalization of secondary education in China: Issues of costs, productivity, economic efficiency, and social stratification.

1988-1990, Costs of continuing education of primary and secondary-school teachers in China.

1987-1988, Surplus education and worker productivity in U.S. In collaboration with Professors Henry Levin and Russell Rumberger.

1987, Cross-national review of the costs of technical education and vocational training. Funded by World Bank, as background research for World Bank's policy paper on technical education and vocational training.

1986-1987, Education and productivity: Case study of vocational education and productivity in an automobile company in Beijing , China . Partial funding from Beijing General Industry Auto Company. In collaboration with Professor Weifang Min, Peking University.

1984-1985, Changes in the earnings function in the U.S. over time. In collaboration with Professor Joop Hartog of the University of Amsterdam, Holland.

1982-1985, Education and productivity. Worked with Professor Henry Levin and Dr. Russell Rumberger of Stanford University. Funded by Spencer Foundation.

1980-1982, The impact of intergovernmental grants on educational spending. Worked with Professor Henry Levin of Stanford University. Funded by National Institute of Education.

 

As Member of Editorial Board of Academic Journals

2004-present, Member of advisory editorial board, Comparative Education Review.

2003-present, Member of editorial board, Economics of Education Review.

1993-2003, An international editor of Education Economics.

1991-94, An advisory editor of Review of Educational Research.

 

Professional Affiliations in USA

American Economic Association.

American Educational Research Association.

Comparative and International Education Society Association for Asian Studies.

 

Awards and Honors (year, source)  

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China (Third Term, 4/2012-3/2015, Ministry of Education, China)

Honorary Professor, Yunnan Normal University (since 2012)

International Scholar for Excellent Contributions to Chinese Education Development (2010, Chinese Education Society and Association of Non-government Education in China)

Honorary Professor, South China Normal University (since 2009)

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China (Second Term, 4/2009-3/2012, Ministry of Education, China)

Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University (since 2007)

Changjiang Professor of Economics of Education, Peking University, China (First Term, 4/2006-3/2009, Ministry of Education, China)

Cheung Kong Professor of Economics of Education (2006, from Ministry of Education, China).

The Richard Swanson Excellence in Research Award (2005, from the American Academy for Human Resource Development).

Education Award for Education Projects to Alleviate Poverty (2005, from Yunnan Education Society, Yunnan, China).

Senior Advisor for Education Development in Yunnan, China (2005, from Yunnan Education Society, Yunnan, China).

Guest Professor, Beijing Normal University (1998, Beijing Normal University).

Honorary President, Education and Economics Society, China (1996, from Education and Economics Society, China).

Guest Professor, Peking University (1995, Peking University).

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