Bios of Scientific Committee

 Chong-En Bai is Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor and Executive Associate Dean in the School of Economics and Management of 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.

Robin Burgess is Professor of Economics, Founder and Director of the International Growth Centre, and Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme all at the London School of Economics. He was brought up in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, the US, the Philippines and Italy where his father worked as a doctor and his mother as a child nutritionist. He received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Edinburgh University, a M.Sc. in Economics from the LSE and a PhD in Economics from Oxford University. His areas of research interest include development economics, public economics, political economy, labor economics and environmental economics. He has published on a variety of topics – natural disasters, mass media, rural banks, land reform, labor regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty and growth. He has been a Visiting Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Ecole Polytechnique, University College London and the University of California at Berkeley. He is Program Director of the Development Economics Program at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a Member of the Board of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), a member of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), a Fellow of the European Development Research Development Network (EUDN), a member of the Institute for Policy Dialogue (IPR), an Associate Editor of the Economic Journal and is the Founder and Director of the Microeconomics of Growth Research Network. Before joining academia he served as a consultant economist with the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Government of India. He lives in North London with his wife Bronwen Burgess and daughters Isla Macbeth Burgess and Romilly Belle Burgess.

Hongbin Cai is a Professor of Department of Applied Economics and the former Dean of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He received his BA in Mathematics at Wuhan University, M.A. in Economics at Peking University, and Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. From 1997 to 2005, he taught at University of California, Los Angeles. From December 2010 to January 2017, he served as Dean of Guanghua School of Management in Peking University. He is a National Chang Jiang Scholar (awarded by Ministry of Education of China) and a National Outstanding Young Researcher (awarded by National Science Foundation of China).

Professor Cai has published many academic papers in top international journals in economics and finance, in a wide range of areas including game theory, Chinese economy, industrial organization and corporate finance. He is elected as a Fellow and a Council member of the Econometric Society. Professor Cai is a member of the National People’s Congress, and a member of the Central Committee of China Democratic League and Vice Chairman of its Committee of Economic Affairs. He was the founding president of The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA, overseas). He served on the boards of Sinopec Group, China Unicom, Everbright Bank, and other private corporations.

Chang-Tai Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. Prof. Hsieh has published several papers in top economic journals, including “Can Free Entry be Inefficient? Fixed Commissions and Social Waste in the Real Estate Industry,” in the Journal of Political Economy; “What Explains the Industrial Revolution in East Asia? Evidence from the Factor Markets,” in the American Economic Review; and “Was the Federal Reserve Constrained by the Gold Standard During the Great Depression? Evidence from the 1932 Open Market Purchase Program,” written with Christina Romer in the Journal of Economic History.

Prof. Hsieh has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, as well as the World Bank’s Development Economics Group and the Economic Planning Agency in Japan. He is a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Senior Fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development. Along with Robin Burgess, Hsieh is co-director of the Microeconomics of Growth Network at the World Bank.

He is the recipient of a Kaufman Foundation Research Grant, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Fellowship, and several research grants from the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation.

Prof. Hsieh attended Swarthmore College where he was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with high honors in 1991. He received a PhD in economics from University of California at Berkeley in 1998.

Hongbin Li is a Research Scholar at SIEPR/SCID. He obtained a PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2001. He was C.V. Starr Chair Professor of Economics in the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University before 2016, and professor in the economics department in the Chinese University of Hong Kong before 2008. He also founded and served as the executive associate director of the China Data Center at Tsinghua.

Li’s research has been focused on China and is concerned with the development of the Chinese economy. Research results have been published in leading journals, and are 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, was an associate editor of Economic Development and Cultural Change, and on the editorial board of China Economic Review, as well as on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Economic Perspectives. 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 IZA in Germany and a senior research fellow at the J. Mirrlees Institute of Economic Policy Research.

Albert Park is a development and labor economist who is an expert on China’s economic development. He is Director of the Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Chair Professor of Social Science, Professor of Economics, and Senior Fellow of the Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study at HKUST. His research and commentary has appeared in the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Freakonomics, and NPR. Professor Park is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), the International Growth Centre (Oxford/LSE/DFID), and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group (Chicago). In recent years he has published articles in leading economics journals on firm performance, poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, and the economics of aging in China. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the China Economic Review and Associate Editor of Economic Development and Cultural Change, and serves on the editorial boards of the World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics and Oxford Economic Papers. Prof. Park has played a leadership role in numerous survey research projects in China including the China Employer-Employee Survey (CEES), the China Urban Labor Survey (CULS), the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF), and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and Oxford University, and has consulted frequently for the World Bank.

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.

Yaohui Zhao is professor of economics at the China Center for Economic Research of Peking University. She received BA and MA from Peking University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1995. Her research focuses on labor market issues in China, including determinants and consequences of rural to urban labor migration, wage differentials, and returns to education. Recently she has begun to conduct research in the economics of health and aging, such as the SES gradients of health, underdiagnosis of chronic diseases among the elderly, labor supply and living arrangements of the elderly, etc. Since 2007 she has been principal investigator of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHALRS), a nationally representative sample of Chinese residents 45 and older.

Li-An Zhou is a Professor of Economics at Peking University Guanghua School of Management and Chair of Applied Economics Department. Dr. Zhou received his BA and MA in economics from Peking University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He joined Gunaghua 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. Dr. 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).