Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Scott Rozelle is a development economist who has spent more than three decades researching rural development in China. His new book Invisible China, written with Natalie Hell, warns of a growing divide between urban and rural China in terms of education and health, as well as income. Scott is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He also directs the Rural Education Action Plan and is a fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Scott Rozelle.Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: In your book, Invisible China, you paint a stark portrait of rural China and those left behind in the country’s economic boom, and you offer some dire warnings about the consequences of such a large and potentially growing underclass. Can you tell us how and why they’ve been left behind? A: Well, China has 1.4 billion people, and nearly 70 percent of them are rural. That’s moSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.