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Shi Li

Shi Li

Professor Shi Li is the director of the China Institution for Income Distribution (CIID) at Beijing Normal University. CIID is a leading research institute in China that is committed to research in the areas of income distribution, poverty alleviation, and labour market, among other development economics issues. The institute is in charge of collecting and managing the Chinese Household Income Project (the CHIPS database), which is the most authoritative basic data in the field of China's income distribution and labor market research so far. Professor Li Shi has been awarded the Sun Yefang Economics Prize and the United Nations Human Development Prize. He serves as an expert on the Human Resources and Social Security Advisory Committee, a member of the State Council Poverty Alleviation Office Expert Advisory Committee.

Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu LIN is Director of Center for New Structural Economics, Dean of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development and Professor and Honorary Dean of National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to this, Mr. 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 Councillor of the State Council, a member of the Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference, and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.

Rachel Ngai

Rachel Ngai

Rachel Ngai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a member of Centre for Macroeconomics (CfM). She has received a B.Sc. in Economics from HKUST and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests span the theory of economic growth, labour markets and housing markets, with focus on the structural transformation, time allocation across skills, gender and across countries, fluctuations in the housing market in the presence of search frictions and more recently on Hukou system and labor misallocation in China.  She has published in leading peer-refereed journals such as American Economic Review, American Economic Journal – Macroeconomics, Journal of Economic Growth and Journal of Monetary Economics and more.

Guoqiang Tian

Guoqiang Tian

Dr. Guoqiang Tian, Alfred F. Chalk Professor of Economics, is an economic theorist with broad theoretical interests focusing on mechanism design theory, game theory, auction theory, matching theory, mathematical economics, economic transition and Chinese economy. He is currently working on mechanism design in various settings including optimal and dynamic contract design, the existence of Nash equilibrium in discontinuous games, auction with participant costs, matching issues, full characterization on fixed-point theorems and related theorems, and China’s reform. Professor Tian is a recent recipient of the Sun Yefang Award — the highest honor in economic science in China for his book “China’s Reform: History, Logic and Future.”  He serves as the Chief Editor of Frontiers of Economics in China and Co-editor of Annals of Economics and Finance.

Yi Wen

Yi Wen

Professor Yi Wen is a Senior Economist and Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He obtained his Ph.D., Economics from the University of Iowa, (1996) M.A., Philosophy of Science from University of Notre Dame (1991), and B.S., Medical Sciences, from West China University of Medical Sciences (1987).

He is a top researcher with an international reputation in the area of Macroeconomics in general and Business Cycles, Monetary Policy, International Finance, Development, Chinese Economy, Applied Time Series in specific. He is currently the Associate Editor of Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. He has published widely in very top economics journals such as Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Journal, Economic Journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Journal of Economic Theory.