China’s economic catch-up: Is this a merited success? – Thursday 28 March 2019

Join us for our first distinguished lecture this year on Thursday 28 March to hear from Professor Zhang Jun, Dean of the School of Economics, Fudan University.

China’s Economic Catch-up: Is This a Merited Success?

China has been progressing well in its structural transformation and integration of its economy with the rest of the world.  This has resulted in a substantial narrowing of its productivity gap with the advanced economies over the past 40 years. However, its success in catching up is increasingly being blamed, for instance by the US, for intended violation of a level playing field and forced transfer of technology. In this lecture Professor Zhang will present evidence to show:

  • Why China, as a latecomer, could learn to mimic the model of East Asian high-performing economies
  • Why China’s fast growth could largely be accounted for by its high rate of saving and investment, which is common to the East Asian Miracle.


Professor Zhang Jun is the Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai and Director of the China Centre for Economic Studies. He is one of the leading economists in China and a respected commentator in international and Chinese media. He is a graduate of Fudan University and studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex.  Professor Zhang has contributed to many economic journals and in 2018 received the Bergson Prize from the American Association for Comparative Economic Studies.  He has authored or edited numerous books including Economic Transition with Chinese Characteristics: Thirty Years of Reform and Opening Up (McGill-Queen University Press, 2008) and End of Hyper Growth In China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Registration 5.30pm / Lecture 6pm / Q&A , Networking & Drinks 7. 30pm

Location: Main Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9JS

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