Professor Lin Yifu Lecture: Demystifying the Chinese Economy


Professor Justin Yifu LIN will be lecturing at Peking University on April 27 as part of the Yenching Academy of Peking University’s China Studies Lecture Series. Professor Lin serves as Director of Peking University’s Center for New Structural Economics and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development at Peking University.

Theme: Demystifying the Chinese Economy

Time: Wednesday April 27, 2016, 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Peking University, Second Gymnasium Room B101

Language: English



Why has the Chinese economy developed at such a rapid pace after Reform and Opening Up? Why was such performance not possible prior to Reform and Opening Up? Why did other socialist countries and many other developing countries that implemented Reform and Opening Up Policy after the 1980s not see similar results? China has already experienced more than 30 years of rapid growth since Reform and Opening up. Is it possible for this type of growth to sustain for another twenty or thirty years, or even longer? Professor Lin will explore the new model of the Chinese economy from a Chinese macro-economic perspective to decipher the miracle of the Chinese economy and Chinese growth.


Justin Yifu LIN is Professor and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development and Director of the Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this, Professor Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is the author of 23 books, including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession, The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, and New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy. He is a counsellor of the State Council, a member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. Professor Lin is also a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

This lecture is jointly hosted by the Yenching Academy of Peking University and the National School of Development of Peking University, and is open to the entire university community. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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