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Margaret Maurer-Fazio is the Betty Doran Stangle Professor of Applied Economics at Bates College and Chair of the Program in Asian Studies. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in economics and an advanced certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She studied Chinese at the Inter-university Program for Chinese Language in Taipei. She received both her M.A. and Honors B.A. in economics at the University of Western Ontario. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China and on the Advisory Board of the Chinese Women Economists Network.
Maurer-Fazio's research program focuses on labor market developments in China. She is currently investigating urban women's labor force participation decisions in the context of their families and their residential locations. She is particularly interested in how the presence in the household of preschool and school-age children and/or the elderly and disabled affects women's likelihood of engaging in work outside the home. She is also at work on a project that explores the economic status of China's ethnic minorities. These projects complement her work on the integration of China's rapidly changing urban labor markets with its particular emphasis on gender wage differentials, the interactions of rural migrants and urban residents, and the plight of laid-off urban workers. She is co-editor of The Workers' State Meets the Market: Labour in China's Transition, and has published a number of articles in economics and China journals.
Her teaching includes courses on introductory microeconomics, economic development, China's economic reforms, work and workers in China, the Japanese economy, and the nexus between environmental protection and economic development in China. During her time at Bates College, Maurer-Fazio has co-directed four fall-semester programs in Nanjing, brought students to China and Taiwan several times for 5-week intensive courses, and taught for a semester in the Associated Kyoto Program.