Bios of Scientific Committee

Chong-En Bai is the Dean of the School of Economics and Management and Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University. He is also the Director of the National Institute for Fiscal Studies of Tsinghua University. He earned his Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and Economics from UCSD and Harvard University, respectively. His research interests include economic institutions, economic growth and development, public economics, and the Chinese economy.

Professor Bai is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the monetary policy committee of the People’s Bank of China, the Chinese Economists 50 Forum, the China Finance 40 Forum, and the executive committee of International Economic Association. He served as Adjunct Vice-President of Beijing State-Owned Assets Management Co., was a member of the “13th Five-Year National Development Plan” Expert Committee and a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution.

Ruixue Jia is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UC San Diego, where she focuses her research on the political economy, development economics, economic history and China.

She uses organization theory to closely examine the incentives of politicians, particularly to understand how such incentives affect growth, the environment and workplace safety. She has researched what determines the selection of politicians in China and how the incentives for politicians affect pollution and coal mine accidents.

Additionally, Professor Jia has investigated the importance of historical events that implicated economic development. Using historical data, she has researched the long-run development paths of treaty ports and looked at the impact of weather shocks on peasant revolts. In 2014, She organized a multidisciplinary conference on China’s political economy with UC San Diego and Tsinghua University.

Hongbin Li is the James Liang Director of the China Program at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development. He obtained a PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2001 and joined the economics department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he became a full professor in 2007. He taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing from 2007 to 2016 and was C.V. Starr Chair Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Management. He also founded and served as the executive associate director of the China Data Center.

Professor Li’s research has been focused on China and is concerned with two general themes: i) the behaviors of governments, firms and banks in the context of economic transition; and ii) human capital and labor markets in the context of economic development. Research results have been published in journals such as PNAS, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of International Economics, and Demography¸ among others. His research has been widely covered by media around the world and well read by top policy makers in China.

He is the current editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics (2017), an associate editor of Economic Development and Cultural Change, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Comparative Economics and China Economic Review, as well as on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Economic Perspectives and China Agricultural Economic Review. He received the Changjiang Scholarship in 2009, the National Award for Distinguished Young Scientists in China in 2010, and the McKinsey Young Economist Research Paper Award in 2012. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics in Germany and a senior research fellow at the J. Mirrlees Institute of Economic Policy Research.

Yi Lu is the Head of the Department of Economics and Professor of Economics at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. Before joined Tsinghua, he taught at University of Hong Kong as research assistant professor, and then National University of Singapore as assistant professor and tenured associate professor. He received BS in biology and MA in economics from Fudan University, and PhD in economics from University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Chinese economy, including public finance, international trade, and economic development.

Albert Park is a development and labor economist who is an expert on China’s economic development. He is the Chair Professor of Social Science, Professor of Department of Economics and Division of Public Policy, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at HKUST, and the founding Director of the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS). He is also a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He completed his Ph.D. at Stanford and previously held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and University of Oxford. Prof. Park is a development and labor economist whose research focuses on the Chinese economy. In recent years he has published articles on poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, the economics of aging, and firm performance in China. He has co-directed numerous survey research projects in China, and currently serves as a co-PI for the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) and PI for the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF). He has consulted frequently for the World Bank, and was lead international consultant on the World Bank’s most recent poverty assessment report (2009).

Gérard Roland joined the Berkeley faculty as a professor in 2001. He received his PhD from Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1988 and taught there from 1988-2001. Professor Roland is also a CEPR research fellow, where he was program director between 1995 and 2006 as well as a NBER research associate. He served as editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics, and was an associate editor for several other journals.

Among Professor Roland’s awards and honors are recipient of the Medal of the University of Helsinki, Officier de l’Ordre de Leopold II, and entry in “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America,” and Who’s Who in Economics since 1776.” He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences in Stanford in 1998-1999. He was program chair of the Fifth Nobel symposium in Economics devoted to the Economics of Transition in 1999. He was named Jean Monnet Professor at Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 2001 and received an Honorary Professorship of Renmin University of China in 2002.

Zheng Michael Song is a Professor of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. He is also the Director of CUHK-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Chinese Economy and a co-editor of China Economic Review. His research focuses on Chinese economy and macroeconomics. In 2013, he won Sunyefang Economic Science Award.

Heiwai Tang is Professor of Economics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Prior to HKU, he was tenured Associate Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Center of Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESIfo) in Germany, and the Globalization and Economic Policy Center in the U.K. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, United Nations, and Asian Development Bank, and held visiting positions at the IMF, Stanford University, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard University, and RIETI. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of International Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, and China Economic Review.

Professor Tang received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and undergraduate degree in mathematics from UCLA. His research interests span a wide range of theoretical and empirical topics in international trade, with a specific focus on production networks and global value chains. His research has been published in leading journals in economics, including American Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He has also written articles for Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Brookings Institution, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Daniel Yi Xu is a Professor of Economics at Duke University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. He is also an associate editor of the Economic Journal, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of International Economics, Quantitative Economics, the Rand Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Professor Xu’s research focuses on Productivity, International Trade, and Industrial Organization. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries, and the NET Institute. His most recent work has been published in the Rand Journal of Economics, the World Bank Economic Review, the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Dynamics. He is currently working on projects that explore innovation, productivity, exporting and industry dynamics, with a special focus on East Asian emerging economies such as China, Taiwan, and Korea.

Xiaobo Zhang is a distinguished chair professor of economics at the National School of Development, Peking University in China, and senior research fellow of IFPRI. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research fields include agricultural economics, development economics, and Chinese economy. He is the Chief Editor of China Economic Review. He received Sun Yefang Prize for Economics Research in China (the most prestigious award in the field of economics in China) and Zhang Peigang Development Economics Outstanding Achievement Award (the highest award in the field of development economics). He is a co-PI of China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) survey and PI of Enterprise Survey for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China (ESIEC).

Yifan Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received B.A. and M.A. from Renmin University of China and Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh. He worked at Lingnan University before joining CUHK in 2015. He is an external affiliate faculty of Cornell Institute for China Economic Research, and an associate editor of China Economic Review. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.

Prof. Zhang’s research interests include international trade and economic development. His recent research has investigated the impacts of globalization forces such as trade and FDI on the performance of Chinese firms.

Li-An Zhou is the Associate Dean, Department Chair, and Professor of Applied Economics in Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Professor Zhou received his BA and MA in economics from Peking University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He joined Guanghua as an Assistant Professor in 2002 and became a full Professor in 2010.

His research interests include political economy, industrial organization, economic development, and Chinese economy. Professor Zhou has published papers in economics and management journals including Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Strategic Management Journal. He is also the author of the book Incentives and Governance: China’s Local Governments (Cengage Learning, 2010).