Xiangquan Zeng is Professor of Economics, the Dean of School of Labor and Human Resources, and the Director of the China Institute for Employment Research at Renmin University of China.

Professor Zeng received his Ph.D. in Economics from Renmin University of China in 1987. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from September 1998 to June 1999 in the United States. Professor Zeng is a prominent specialist in labor economics and human resources in China, and the author of 6 books and over 50 academic papers. His research has been funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Social Science Foundation of China, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the World Bank.

He has served on several governmental advisory committees and is an influential figure in labor market and other social policy issues in China. He is a vice-president of the China Association for Labor Studies, and a vice-president of the Chinese Human Resource Development Association.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2008.