What’s up with the Chinese Economy?

naughtonProfessor Barry Naughton
Introduced by Professor Christine Wong, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne
Followed by Q&A hosted by John Garnaut, Asia Pacific Editor, Fairfax Media

6.00pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 19 August, 2015
JH Mitchell Theatre, Richard Berry Building (G03), Monash Road, University of Melbourne, Carlton

Please join us to hear one of the foremost experts on the Chinese economy examine the state of play after almost four decades of market-oriented reforms. Since the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, economists around the world have become accustomed to the idea that, whatever happens to the rest of the global economy, we can count on China to grow at a crackerjack pace. Global commodity prices are now settling down to pre-China boom levels and Shanghai stock traders are ambivalent about the thesis of Chinese exceptionalism. Is it time to re-think what we know about the Chinese economy? With China’s reform agenda in turmoil on many fronts, can policy-makers regain the initiative?

Barry Naughton is an economist and Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, at the University of California, San Diego. Naughton has published extensively on the Chinese economy, with a focus on four interrelated areas: market transition; industry and technology; foreign trade; and Chinese political economy. His pioneering study of Chinese economic reform, Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978-1993 (Cambridge University Press, 1995) won the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. Dr. Naughton’s comprehensive survey, The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth, was published by MIT Press in 2007, and his most recent book (co-edited with Kellee Tsai), State Capitalism, Institutional Adaptation and the Chinese Miracle, has just appeared from Cambridge University Press (2015). Naughton also publishes regular quarterly analyses of China’s economic policy-making online at China Leadership Monitor. Naughton received his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1986, and is a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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