Li Shi is Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Business and Acting Director of the Institute for Income Distribution at Beijing Normal University. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Poverty Alleviation Office of The State Council, People’s Republic of China. He was a Professor and senior research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, from 1996 to 2005. He has also held positions as a research fellow at the University of Oxford, UK in 2001 and Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Japan in 2002. He has acted as a consultant to projects supported by the UNDP, World Bank, UNICEF and the Asian Development Bank, amongst others. He was a coauthor of the China Human Development Report 2005.

His current studies focus on income distribution, poverty and rural migration in China. He has published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Review of Income and Wealth, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of Development Economics, and the Asian Economic Journal. His publications include several edited volumes, such as China’s Retreat from Equality (2001, with R. Zhao and C. Riskin, M.E. Sharpe: New York), Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty in Urban China (2006, with H. Sato,Routledge: London and New York), Income Inequality and Public Policy in China (2008, with B. Gustafsson and T. Sicular,Cambridge University Press: Cambridge) and Rising Inequality in China (2013, with H. Sato and T. Sicular,Cambridge University Press: Cambridge).