Scientific Committee

Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor and Executive Associate Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
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. Read more>
Robin Burgess
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

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. Read more>
Hongbin Cai

Professor of Department of Applied Economics and Former Dean of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Hongbin Cai is a Professor of Department of Applied Economics and the former Dean of Guanghua School of Management in 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. Read more>
Chang-Tai Hsieh
Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chang-Tai Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. He 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? Read more>
Hongbin Li
Research Scholar, Stanford Center for International Development (SCID), Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

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. Read more>
Albert Park
Director, Institute for Emerging Market Studies
Chair Professor, Division of Social Science
Professor, Department of Economics
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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. Read more>
Gérard Roland
E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

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. Read more>
Zheng Michael Song
Professor, Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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
Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

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. Read more>
Li-An Zhou
Department Chair and Professor of Economics, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

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. Read more>