FASS Staff Profile

PROFESSOR WEI-JUN JEAN YEUNG
PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT of SOCIOLOGY

Appointment:
DIRECTOR
Office:
AS1/04-16
Email:
socywj@nus.edu.sg
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Brief Introduction

Professor Yeung is a Provost-Chair Professor in NUS Sociology Department. Prior to NUS, her academic history includes time in University of Michigan and New York University. She is the founding Director of the Center for Family and Population Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in NUS. She also leads the Cluster Leader in the Changing Family in Asia research cluster in Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.  She is an international academic advisor to the Institute of Social Science Studies in Peking University and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies.  Professor Yeung was a co-principal investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the longest running social science longitudinal study in the world. She is an international advisor of several family panel studies in the world. She is currently conducting a study with colleagues to examine the impact of migration on Chinese children’s development and a project on transition of Southeast Asian families. Professor Yeung has been on the editorial boards of several top ranking international journals such as Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, Child Development, and Journal of Family Issues, and on numerous scientific review committees. She has received many research rewards from prestigeous granting committees in her career. Professor Yeung’s current research includes various family demographic issues in Asia and in America.  Her publications are in leading journals and are cited widely. Her recent publications include changing family values and behavior, children's well-being, human capital and aging. Edited volumns include Asian Fatherhood, Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia, Living Alone, and Shifting Boundaries of Care in Asia, Long-Term Care, Productive Aging, and a volume on Singapore Family and Population Changes and Economic Stress in Asia.


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Teaching Areas

China, Demography, Family and Children, Education, Stratification, Research Methods

Graduate Supervision

Zhang Yin

Trinh Thai Quang

Hu Shu

Yang Yi

Gu Xiaorong

Chen Xuejiao

Bei Jianfeng

Peildoo Song

Shuya Lu


Current Research

Singapore Longitudinal Early Development Study (SG LEADS)

Transition in Southeast Asian Families

China’s Internal Migration, Family Relations, and Children's Development

Age of Retirement and Intergenerational Transfer in China and India: Implications for Human Capital and Labor Market

Living Alone: Single-Person Households in Asia

China's Eocnomic Transition and Children's Education

This project examines the relationship between industrialization and children's well beings measured by education and child mortality in China. Our analysis is based on micro census data collected in 1982, 1990, and 2000 and various industrial surveys. These data allow us to control for year and county fixed effects.

Intergenerational Stratification on Children's Achievement
This research investigates factors contributing to the substantial achievement gaps in high school children. I focus on four important clusters of factors: (1) intergenerational resources, 2) family interactions, 3) racial inequalities in students?? school and neighborhoods, and 4) how racial inequalities in various contexts interact with one another to affect children??s cognitive abilities. The analysis is based on longitudinal data on family histories from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and its Child Development Supplements conducted in 1997 and 2003 as well as on geographic information from census data and school district data over the last three decades.

Childhood Consumption and Children's Education and Emotional Well-being
This project examines childhood consumption as a potential mechanism of intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantages. We focus on the factors that influence parents?? decisions in allocating resources and making investment in children??s human capital, and how these investments affect children's development. The unique opportunity of CDS-II of PSID enables a first attempt to examine these theoretically important but empirically understudied relationships.

Paternal Involvement and Child Well-being
This research is supported by funding from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development to support work in American fathers' involvement with children. The goals of this project are (1) to describe how paternal involvement with children, in the form of time, financial and psychological resources, differ by family structure, (2) to test hypotheses about factors that affect paternal involvement behavior, and (3) to investigate how children's psychological and cognitive well-being relates to fathers' attitudes and involvement behavior. The research will be based on data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), which contains annual data collected since 1968 for a nationally representative sample of American households. Using longitudinal history in the PSID and data from the 1997 Child Development Supplement, this project will assess the extent to which social and economic involvement with children varies with fathers' changing life circumstances.

Caring for Elderly Parents
The National Institute of Aging has funded collaboration between Wei-Jun Jean Yeung and Martha Hill in University of Michigan to examine responses of baby-boom children to the health care needs of their elderly parents and how these responses compare to those of earlier cohorts. Intergenerational transfers to ailing parents are central to this investigation, and a primary interest is in gauging the extent to which changes in children's labor market participation are engendered by providing those transfers. Using a national sample of baby-boomers, both leading edge (born 1945-54) and trailing edge (born 1955-64), and prior cohorts with elderly parents, the analysis aims at examining differences across these groups in terms of: level and type of transfers, actual changes in work hours (short-run and long run), extent to which transfers engendered changes in work hours, and how individual histories of social, economic and demographic circumstances and behaviors relate to these outcomes.


Research Interests

Family, Children, Social Inequality, Demography, China's Social Transformation, Social Policy, Human Capital, Stratification


Publications

EDITORIAL WORK ON BOOKS

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    Yeung, WJ. and Hu Shu (2018). Family and Population Changes in Singapore: A Unique Case in Global Family Change. Routledge: London and New York.

    Yeung, W.J. and  MT Yap (2013). Economic Stress, Human Capital, and Families in Asia: Policy and Research Challenges. Springer.

EDITORIAL WORK ON JOURNALS

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    Ko, P. and W. J. Yeung (forthcoming). Productive Aging in Asia. Social Science Medicine

    Yeung, W.J and Mu Z. (Forthcoming). Migration and Marriage in Asia, editorial introduction to a special issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

    Yeung, W.J. and Thang, L. (forthcoming). Long-term Care in ASEAN Plus Three, Journal of Aging and Health.

    Li, H. and W.J Yeung (forthcoming). Educational Resilience in Adversity among Asian Children. Social Indicator Research.

    Thang, L. and W.J. Yeung (2018). Elder-care Issues in Southeast and East Asia. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology 33(5).

    Li, H., Martin, A. and W.J. Yeung (2017). Educational Resilience in Asian Children, A special issue, Educational Psychology, September, (issue 8). Guest Editors.

    Yeung, W.J.J. and H.J. Park (2016). Growing up in one-parent Families in Asia. Guest Editors.  A (double) special issue in Marriage and Family Review 51, 1 & 2.

    Yeung, W.J. and A. Cheung (2015), Living Alone: One Person Households in Asia. Guest Editors. A special collection in Demographic Research 32. 2015.

    Yeung, W. J. and Jones G. (2014). Marriage in Asia, A special issue in Journal of Family Issues, 35(12).

    Yeung, W. J. (2013). Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia: School, Work and Family Life. A special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 646, March, 2013. Guest editor (with Cheryll Alipio and F. Furstenberg).

    Yeung, W.J. (2013). Asian Fatherhood. Guest Editor, a Special Issue of Journal of Family Issues, 34 (2).   doi:10.1177/0192513X12461133, First published in Oct 2012.

    Zhang, Y. and Yeung, W. J. (2012). Shifting Boundaries of Care in Asia. (Editors). A special issue of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 32(11/12).

ARTICLES IN JOURNAL

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    Yeung, W. J. and L.L. Thang, (forthcoming). “Long-term Care in ASEAN Plus Three”, Journal of Aging and Health.

    Lee, Y. and Yeung, W.J. (forthcoming). “Gender Matters: Productive Social Engagement and the Subsequent Cognitive Changes among Older Adults”, Social Science & Medicine

    Li, H. and W.J. Yeung (forthcoming) “Educational Resilience among Asian Children in Challenging Family Environment”. Social Indicator Research.

    Dhiman Das, Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, Yi Yang, (forthcoming) Economic hardship related stress and health of Chinese elderly. Journal of Applied Business and Economics 20(6).

    Ko, PC and W.J. Yeung (forthcoming) Productive Aging in Asia, Introduction in a Special Issue in Social Science Medicine.

    Ko, PC and WJ Yeung, (forthcoming), “An Ecological Framework for Active Aging in China”, Journal of Aging and Health.

    Yeung, W.J. and Mu Z. (forthcoming). Marriage and Migration in Asia. Introduction in a Special Issue in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

    Mu, Z. and W. J. Yeung (forthcoming). “Migration and Marriage Timing and Partner Selection in China” in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

    Yang, Yi, W.J. Yeung and Q. Feng, (2018) “Social Exclusion and Cognitive Impairment in China”, Health and Place 53:117-127.

    Yeung, W.J. S. Desai, and G. Jones (2018). Families in Southeast and South Asia, Annual Review of Sociology, 44: 469-495.

    Thang, L. and W. J. Yeung (2018). Elder-care Issues in Southeast and East Asia. in Special issue on Long-term Care in Asia in Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology 33(5):1-6.

    Feng, Q., W.J Yeung, Yi, Z. and Wang, Z. (2018) “Age at Retirement and Human Capital in Aging China”, in European Journal of Population: 1-34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-018-9467-3

    Mu, Z. and W.J. Yeung, (2018). “For Money or for a Life: A Mixed-Method Study on Migration and Time Use in China”, Social Indicator Research, 139 (1): 347-379.

    Li H. and W. J. Yeung, (2017). “Academic Resilience in Rural Chinese Children: Individual and Contextual Influences”, Social Indicator Research, 134: 1-15. DOI 10.1007/s11205-017-1757-3.

    Li, H., Martin, A. and W.J. Yeung (2017). “Academic Risk and Resilience for Children and Young People in Asia”, Educational Psychology, September, 37(8):921-929.

    Li, H. and W.J. J. Yeung, (2016). “The Influence of Family on Chinese High School Student’s Academic and Behavioral Outcomes: Weak or Strong?”, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 53(2), 105-131.

    Yeung, W.J. and Hu Shu, (2016), Paradox in Marriage Value and Behavior in Contemporary China, Chinese Journal of Sociology 2(3):447-476.

    Yeung, W.J.J. and Park, Hyunjoon. (2016) Growing up in one-parent Families in Asia. An introduction to the special issue in Marriage and Family Review 52(1): 1-14.

    Yeung, W. J. J. and Guo, Xiaorong. (2016). “Left behind by Parents in China: Internal Migration and Adolescents’ Well-being. Marriage and Family Review 52(1):127-161.

    Hao. L. and Yeung, W.J. (2015), “Parental Spending on School-Age Children: Structural Stratification and Parental Expectation”, Demography.

    Raymo, J., H. Park, Y. Xie and W. J. Yeung. (2015). Marriage and Family in East Asia: Continuity and Change, Annual Review of Sociology,V.41. 8.1-8.22.

    Cheung, A. and Yeung, WJ, (2015) “Temporal-Spatial Patterns of One-person Households in China, 1982-2005”, Demographic Research 52(2): 1-26.

    Jones, G. and Yeung, W.J. (2014), “Marriage in Asia: Introduction”, Journal of Family Issues, 2014/35(10): 1-18.

    Ji, Y. and Yeung, W.J. (2014). “Heterogeneity in Contemporary Chinese Marriage”. Journal of Family Issues 35 (12): 1662-1682. 

    Yeung, W. J. and E. Rauscher. (2014). “Youth Early Employment and Behavior Problems: Human Capital and Social Network Pathways to Adulthood”, Sociological Perspectives 57(3): 382-403 .

    Yeung, W.J. (2016). United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Encyclopedia for Family Studies. John Wiley & Sons.

    Yeung, W.J. (2016). Fathers as Caregivers, Encyclopedia for Family Studies. John Wiley & Sons.

    Yeung, W.J. (2016). Paternity Leave, Encyclopedia for Family Studies. John Wiley & Sons.

    Yeung, W. J. 2014, “United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Poverty Research and the Millennium Development Goals”, In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

    Yeung, W. J. 2014, “United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Poverty Research and the Millennium Development Goals”, Encyclopedia for Quality of Life Research. Springer Publishing.

    Yeung, W. J. 2013 “College Expansion Policy and Social Stratification in China”. Chinese Sociological Review. Summer, 2013.

    Yeung, W. J. and Alipio, C. 2013. “Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia: Courtship, Marriage, and Work: an introduction.” In a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 646, March: 6-27. (Guest Editors: Yeung, W.J., C. Alipio, and F. Furstenberg)

    Yeung, W. J. and Hu, S. 2013. “Coming of Age in Times of Change: Transition to Adulthood in China. In Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia: Courtship, Marriage, and Work.”  The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 646, March. pp. 149 - 171.

    Yeung, W. J. 2013. Asian Fatherhood: an introduction. In Asian Fatherhood, a special issue in Journal of Family Issues, 34 (2): 141-158.  (Editor: Yeung, W. J)

    Xu Q. and Yeung, W. J. 2013. Hoping for a Pheonix: Shanghai Fathers and Their Daughters. Journal of Family Issues, 34 (2):182-207.  

    Zhang, Y. and Yeung, W. J. (2012). Shifting Boundaries of Care in Asia: an introduction. In a special issue of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 32(11/12): pp. 1-21.

    Yeung, W.J. and Xu, Zhenhua. 2012. “Economic Stress, Quality of Life, and Mortality Rates among the Oldest Old in China”. Social Indicators Research, 108: 131-152.

    Chen, E., and Yeung, W. J. 2009.  “Measuring Respiratory Health in Longitudinal Social Science Surveys”.  Biodemography and Social Biology, 55, 206-218.

    Yeung, W.J. 2009, “Early Childhood Poverty and Black-White Achievement Gap”, in Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Roundtable, a Special Edition: Education of young children: Research and public policy. Chapter 8, pp. 135-148. Edited by McConnell, J. (ed.), Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd., Louisville, Kentucky.

    Yeung, W.J. and Pfeiffer, K.M. 2009.  “The Black-White Test Score Gap and Early Home Environment”, Social Science Research 38, 412-437.

    Yeung, W.J. and Conley, D.  2008. “Black-White Achievement Gap and Family Wealth”, Child Development 79(2): 303-324.

    Yeung, W.J., Stafford, F., and Andreski, P. 2008. Assessing the Quality of Income Data Collected on A Two-Year Periodicity: Experience from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Survey Research: Method and Application, 23: 34-80.

    Conley, D. and Yeung, W. J. 2005. “Black-White Differences in Occupational Prestige: Their Impact on Child Development”, American Behavioral Scientist 48(9): 1229-1249.

    Yeung, W.J., Linver, M, & Brooks-Gunn, J. 2002.  “How Money Matters for Young Children’s Development: Parental Investment and Family Processes” Child Development 73(6): 1861-1879.

    Yeung, W.J., Sandberg, J., Davis-Kean P. & Hofferth, S. 2001.  “Children’s Time-use with Fathers in Intact Families”, Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63(1): 136-154.

    (* on the list of 20 most highly cited articles in JFM during the decade of 2000-2010)

    Teachman, J., Duncan, G., Yeung, W. J. & Levy, D. 2001. “Covariance Structure Models for Fixed and Random Effects”, Sociological Methods and Research, 30(2): 271-288.

    Hill, M. S., Yeung, W.J. & Duncan, G. J.  2001. “The Effect of Family Structure on Children's Economic and Behavior Outcome", Journal of Population Economics 14: 271-299.

    Yeung, W. J., Duncan, G.J.& Hill, M.S. 2000. “Putting Fathers Back in The Picture: Parental Activities and Children’s Attainment”, Marriage and Family Review, 29, nos. 2/3 & 4: 97-114.

    Yeung, W. J. & Hofferth, S. 1998. "Family Adaptations to Income and Job Loss in the U.S.", Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 19(3): 255-283.

    Duncan, G. J., Yeung, W.J., Brooks-Gunn, J. & Smith, J. 1998. "How Does Childhood Poverty Affect the Life Chances of Children?", American Sociological Review,  63 (3): 406-423.

    Smith, P. & Yeung, W.J., 1998. “Childhood Welfare Receipt and the Implications of Welfare Reform”, Social Service Review, 72 (1): 1-17. 

    Hill, M.S., Yeung, W.J. 1997. “Design Issues for Longitudinal Studies”, Journal of Survey Research, 3: 183-204. Academia Sinica. Taiwan.

    Yeung, W. J. 1996. "The Origin and Development of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics."  Journal of Survey Research, 2: 159-182. Academia Sinica. Taiwan.

    Hofferth, S., Yeung, W.J. & Stafford, F. 1996. "Panel Study of Income Dynamics". Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Bulletin, Vol 15, No.3.

    Duncan, G J. & Yeung, W. J. 1995.  "Extent and Consequences of Welfare Dependence among America's Children, Children and Youth Services Review 17(1): 159-186.

    Duncan, G. J. & Yeung, W. J. 1994. "Lone-parent Families in the United States: Dynamics, Economic Status and Developmental Consequences", Population 49(6): 1419-1436, Paris. ("Les Families Monoparentales Aux États-Unis. Dynamique, Niveau de Vie et Conséquences Sur Le Dévelopement De L'Enfant"), Population, Vol. 49, No. 6, November-December, 1994, pp. 1419-1436.)

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

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    Yeung, W. J. and Hu, S. (2018). “Continuity and Change in Singapore Population and Changes” in Family and Population Changes in Singapore: a unique case in global family change, Eds. Yeung and Hu, Routledge, New York and London.

    Yeung, W. J. (2018). “Conclusion” in Family and Population Changes in Singapore, Eds. Yeung and Hu, Routledge, New York and London.

    Yeung, W.J. (2016). Fathers as Caregivers, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia for Family Studies. Constance L. Shehan (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons.

    Yeung, W.J. (2016). Paternity Leave, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia for Family Studies. Constance L. Shehan (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons.

    Yeung, W.J. (2016). United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia for Family Studies. Constance L. Shehan (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons.

    Yeung, W. J. 2014, “United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Poverty Research and the Millennium Development Goals”, In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Pp.6786-6789. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

    Yeung W. J. (2013). Economic Stress, Human Capital and Families in Asia: Introduction. In Yeung and Yap (Eds.) Economic Stress, Human Capital and Families in Asia. Springer Publishing.

    Yeung ,W. J. and Xu, Z. (2013). “Economic Stress and Health among Rural Chinese Elderly. In Yeung and Yap (Eds.) Economic Stress, Human Capital and Families in Asia. Springer Publishing.

    Yeung,W.J. 2012. Implications of the College Expansion Policy for China’s Social Stratification, In Besharov D. and Gilbert, N. series on Comparative Policy Analysis (eds.) Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition (Besharov D. and Karen Baehler, EDS.) Oxford University Press. London.


    Yeung, W.J. 2011. “Explaining the Black-White Achievement Gap: An Intergenerational Stratification and Developmental Perspective”. In Harris K. R., Graham S. and Urdan, T. (Eds.) APA Educational Psychology Handbook (a 3-volume set), Vol. 2, Chapter 13. 

    Yeung, W. J. and R. Glauber. 2007. “Time Use for Children in Low-income Families”. In R. Crane and E. Marshall (Eds.) Handbook of Families and Poverty: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Sage Publication.

    Stafford, F. and Yeung, W.J.  2005. “The Distribution of Children’s Developmental Resources”, in Daniel Hamermesh (Ed.) Economics of Time Use. Pp. 289-313. Elsevier.

    Yeung, W. J.  2004. “Fathers: An Overlooked Resource for Children’s School Success”, in Conley, D. & Albright, K. (Eds.) After the Bell: Solutions Outside the School. Routledge Press: London.

    Hill, M. S., Yeung, W.J. & Duncan, G. J.  2003."The Effect of Family Structure on Children's Economic and Behavior Outcome" Reprinted from Journal of Population Economics 2001, 14: 271-299. in Michael Vogler and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Eds.), Family, Household and Work, Springer-Verlag.

    Newman, S., Harkness, J. & Yeung, W.J, 2003. “Neighborhood Poverty, Assisted Housing, and the Educational Attainment of Children”, In Goering, J.M. and Feins, J.D. (Eds.), Choosing a Better Life: Evaluating the Moving to Opportunity Social Experiment, pp.339-364. Russell Sage Publication.

    Hill, M. S. and Yeung, W. J. 2002. “Behavior and Status of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults”. In Generation and Gender: Exploring Future Research and Data Collection Options, pp.1-58, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

    Duncan, G.J., Dunifon, R., Doran, M & Yeung, W. J. 2001. “How Different are Welfare Families from Low-income Working Families?”,. In Duncan and L. Chase-Lansdale (Eds.) For Better and For Worse: Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Children and Families, pp.103-131. Russell Sage Publication.

    Yeung, W. J., Duncan, G.J.& Hill, M.S. 2000. “Putting Fathers Back in The Picture: Parental Activities and Children’s Attainment”, reprinted from Marriage and Family Review, 29, nos. 2/3 & 4: 97-114 in Fatherhood: Research, Interventions and Policies, edited by H.E. Peters, G.W. Peterson, S. Steinmetz, and R.D. Day, Binghamton, 2000, NY: Haworth Press.

    Hill, M.S. and Yeung, W. J. 2000. “How Have Alterations in the Structure of Opportunities Affected Transitions to Adulthood?” (with Hill, M. S.) In Transition to Adulthood in a Changing Economy: No Work, No Family, No Future?  Pp.1-39. Alan Booth, Ann C. Crouter and Michael Shanahan (Eds.). Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

    Smith, P. & Yeung, W.J., 1998. “Childhood Welfare Receipt and the Implications of Welfare Reform”, Reprinted from Social Service Review, 72 (1): 1-17 in Kirk, S. A. (Ed.) 1999. Social Work Research Methods. The University of Chicago Press.

    Hill, M.S., Yeung, W.J. & Duncan, G.J. 1996. "The Timing of Childhood Events and Early-Adult Household Formation. In New Directions in Child Development, pp.87-109, edited by Graber Julia & Dubas, Judith, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco.

    Krishnan, P. & Yeung, W. J. 1986. "Some Measures of Ethnic Diversity and Their Interrelations.", (with  Krishnan, P.), in G. Hirabayashi Festschrift, pp. 63-71, Alberta, Canada.

    Krishnan, P. & Yeung, W. J. 1984. "Fertility Differentials by Religion in India, 1971."), American Statistical Association 1984 Proceedings of the Social Statistics Section, pp. 175-180.


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