Minchao Jin

Minchao Jin
Affiliated Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
Office Phone
86 (21) 20595108

Jin Minchao, a graduate of Tsinghua University with a Bachelor's degree, and a Master's and Ph.D. holder in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, currently serves as an Affiliated Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Shanghai. He teaches graduate courses in Social Work Research Methods, Human Behaviors in Social Environment, Social Welfare Policies and Programs and others.

His research focuses on a developmental perspective, with interests in poverty alleviation, financial social work and child welfare. He has published academic articles in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Social Policy, Social Indicator Research, Nutrition and Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Beyond research and teaching, Professor Jin is dedicated to assisting the development of local social work and charity programs through program design and evaluation. He has completed evaluations for several programs, such as the "One Egg" program at Shanghai United Foundation and "Aflatoun Children's Financial Literacy" program at Be Better, and has provided training in program design, analysis, and evaluation for charity partners such as the Narada Foundation, China, and the China Foundation Forum.


Select Publications

  • Jin, M., Chen, X. & Wu, J. (2023). Describing the Financial Literacy of Children in China: A trial based on agency data. Research on Development, 2023(1): 129-138. (in Chinese) 
  • Chen, J. & Jin, M. (2023). The effectiveness of an egg-based intervention on improving the nutrition of poor school-age children in China: A quasi-experimental assessment. Nutrition, 109.

  • Jin, M. & Chen, Z. (2020). Comparing Financial Socialization and Formal Financial Education: Building Financial Capability. Social Indicators Research, 149, 641–656. doi: 10.1007/s11205-019-02248-z

  • Jin, M. & Yuan, Y. (2019). Financial literacy research in China: The progress and the role of social work. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 46(3), 131-157.

  • Chen, Z. & Jin, M. (2017). Financial inclusion in China: Usage of credit. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 38(4), 528–540. doi: 10.1007/s10834-017-9531-x

  • Jin, M. & Iannotti, L. (2014). Livestock production, animal source food intake, and young child growth: The role of gender for ensuring nutrition impacts. Social Science & Medicine, 105(2014), 16-21.



  • PhD, Social Work
    Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A

  • Master of Social Work
    Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A

  • Bachelor of Science, Engineering
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


Research Interests

Professor Jin's research interests lie in poverty alleviation, financial social work, and child welfare. For instance, with co-authors he has described asset poverty status of Chinese and the inclusiveness of financial markets for vulnerable groups, offering corresponding policy recommendations. His evaluation of the "One Egg" program supported the effectiveness of eggs in improving the nutritional status of school-aged children in underdeveloped areas. His current research focuses on how to improve children's financial literacy through financial education.