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CESTA Seminar | A. Liu & A. Lunn "Spatial Approaches to Understanding Institutional and Material Change in Asia: The Cases of Banking in China and Household Sanitation Adoption in India"

In this presentation, two scholars will present exciting new spatial approaches to understanding changing institutional and home landscapes across Asia. Their work uses spatial data to examine two empirical puzzles - China’s unexpected transition from a country without commercial banks to the world’s largest banking market in only three decades, and the large urban-rural gap in household sanitation across India. In this talk, Adam Liu will use spatial data of Chinese banks to examine the firm-level consequences of banking market competition in an authoritarian state. Anna Lunn geocodes national household survey data in order to characterize rural households’ personal connections to major cities. Incorporating a spatial approach to social ties allows her to examine how kinship geographies shape households’ investments in local public health.
Adam Y. Liu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, Stanford University and a current Digital Humanities-Asia Fellow. His research centers on how politics and political institutions affect economic outcomes. Along with his dissertation, his projects address the following questions: How does politics shape market structures? Why do contract-intensive markets develop without strong political institutions? Do political relations between nations still affect their economic ties in a globalized world? If so, when and how? Addressing these questions, he uses mixed methods, drawing extensively from fieldwork, archival materials, geospatial data, as well as experimental data. His primary geographical area of interest is China.
Anna Lunn is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, Stanford University and a current Digital Humanities-Asia Fellow. Anna examines the intersection of development goals and private lives to understand how health and development emerge on the ground. Her dissertation applies this theoretical approach to understanding a significant global health challenge - household sanitation in rural India. Her research asks how social influence varies across social relationships and impacts personal health-related decisions? Specifically, how do the qualities and content of social ties shape individuals' health investments and decisions? She combines multiple methodologies, including interviews, geocoding, and statistical analysis, to investigate these questions.

Event Sponsor: 
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)
When Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Where Bldg. 160, 4th Floor
  • General Public
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Students
  • Alumni/Friends
Contact, 650-721-1385

The event is free and open to the public.