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Sociology: People


Yifei Hou

Yifei Hou
Yifei Hou
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Quantitative Methods in Social Research, Family Demography, Health policy, Kinship

My research studied  within-family determinants of caregiving(measured in time and money) to nonresident elderly parents in China using data from China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study( The findings support geographic isolation hypothesis , substitution effect of having brothers, gendered caregiving (daughters are more likely to care, but sons provide more care once involved ) and interactive effect of caregiver’s gender and kinship type(daughter-in-law highly significant).  Evidence shows important connectedness of married daughter to biological parents . The finding helps to impact medical insurance policy reformation to relax geographic restrictions and give more attention to "empty-nested" elderly.

Dissertation Title:

Time Assistance to Nonresident Elderly Parents in China: The Coaction of Sibling Substitution, Proximity and Gendered Kinship Selection


09/2015-Present   The University of Edinburgh, UK
Major: Sociology by Research    Degree: MScR Sociology(with Distinction)
GPA 3.75/4.0
09/2011-07/2015    Sun Yat-sen University, China
Major: Economics          Degree: Bsc in Economics     GPA 3.9/4.0
Exchange Experiences and training:
   Spring Semester, 2016       University of Oxford(Courses: Casual Inference, Data Visualization, Process Tracing)
   Summer Semester, 2014     University of Hong Kong

Papers & Presentations                                                       

11/2016:  Hou, Y. & Janus, A., 2016. Norms and Behaviors: Individual and Family Determinants in Elder Caregiving in China. In The Gerontological Society of America’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting:“International Perspectives on Family Caregiving.” New Orleans, LA: The Gerontological Society of America.
05/2016: Hou, Y., 2016. Individual and Family Determinants of Eldercare in China: Evidence from China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. In 016 RC06 Conference on Family Research: “Social Change and Family Developments.” Institute of Sociology, CASS, Beijing, China: International Sociological Association(ISA) and China Acadamy of Social Sciences(CASS).
02/2016: Hou, Y., 2016. Determinants of Eldercare in China: An International Comparison. In New Directions Conference. Old College, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
04/2015: Hou, Y., 2015. Environmental Regulations and Trade Structure: Testing Pollution Haven Effect from Trade Composition of China. Internal Conference of International Business School, Sun Yat-sen University, China .
10/2013 How Far is Shanghai from Nanjing: Border Effects Estimation with Quantile Regressions. Internal Conference, International Business School, Sun Yat-sen University, China. Internal Conference of International Business School, Sun Yat-sen University, China .
03/2014 Marriage Issues from the Perspectives of Game Theory. 
05/2013 Marketing Strategies of Huawei
11/2012   Corporate Finance: Listed Household Appliance Companies in China: Hisense, Sanyo, Midea, Joyang, Haier and Gree
08/2010  Investigating the Living Conditions of the New Generation of Peasant Laborers: from the Suicides of Foxconn Employees

Project Participation                                                        

06/2015-08/2015 Research Assistant, Reform& Development Research Institute of Pearl River Delta, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Project: Comparative Advantages of Innovation in Pearl River Delta (PRD): from Institutional Embeddedness Perspectives. 

  • Engaged in a project investigating operation from institutional embeddedness perspectives
  • Conducted interviews and distributed questionnaires in high and new technology enterprises in Shenzhen
  • Designed surveys, visited the companies and conducted participant observation
  • Concluded in a report, using compassion with data of other high and new technology areas in China

03/2015-06/2015 Research Assistant & Program Conductor, Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University. 

Project: Mechanism of Ecological Intervention and Civic Engagement for Water Pollution.

  • Assisted in managing the program, delivered training classes for surveyors and made coursework evaluation
  • Processed data and delivered the report using case study and other analytical techniques

06/2014-09/2014  Mitacs Globalink Research Intern, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

ProjectChinese Enterprise's Energy Efficiency. 

  • Reviewed literature, made research hypothesis and designed research structure

Project: Database Management on Environmental Regulation & Trade Structure

  • Categorized literature data and established database of 58 proxies for environmental regulation stringency 2 weeks before the scheduled deadline

09/2013-12/2013 Market Integration of Yangtze Delta & Pan-Pearl River Delta, China

  • Collected prices of retail goods in Yangtze River Delta
  • Estimated border effect of Shanghai & Nanjing, China using quantile regression and conducted a quantitative research

09/2013-09/2012 Teaching Assistant, Project Appraisal & Business Negotiation, SYSU, China 

Honors & Scholarships                                                        

10/2016 MScR Sociology with Distinction, University of Edinburgh

05/2015   Distinguished Dissertation Award, Sun Yat-sen University

09/2014   Dssc (Hon)’s Award for Studying Abroad, Dssc (Hon)’s Fund

02/2014  Mitacs Globalink Award, Mitacs Globalink, Canda & Chinese Scholarship Council(CSC)

01/2014 Cultural Experience Award, Hong Kong Baptist University

11/2013  The National Scholarship in the Academic Year of 2012-2013, Ministry of    Education of People’s Republic of China 

10/2013  The First Scholarship in the Academic Year of 2012-2013, Sun Yat-sen University

10/2014  The First Scholarship in the Academic Year of 2011-2012, Sun Yat-sen University

Statistical Software                                                    

Stata12.0, R , Mplus

Language Test                                                            

IELTS: 7.5 (Date: 07/07/2015)

Extra-curricular Experience                                                 

  • 06/2013-09/2014 Chairperson, Healthy Life Association, Sun Yat-sen University
  • 02/2014-06/2014 Program Conductor, “Culture Experience Program: : Self-expression and Self-consciousness” at Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Yoga(certified instructor of yoga education), Chinese Folk Dance