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World Bank Chief Economist draws big crowds to campus

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Photo above: Justin Lin, at center, posed for a photograph after his public lecture Oct. 14. With him are, from left: Laurie Dennis, Wisconsin China Initiative; Gilles Bousquet, Vice Provost and Dean of International Studies; Ian Coxhead, professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics; and Yang Yao, visiting professor from Peking University.

World Bank Chief Economist Justin Yifu Lin 林毅夫 gave a public lecture Friday, Oct. 14, on the rise of the Chinese economy.

Dr. Lin spoke at in the Morgridge Auditorium, the largest lecture hall in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business. Even so, the hall proved not big enough, as more than 300 students crowded in to hear Dr. Lin's remarks.

Vice Provost and Dean of International Studies Gilles Bousquet welcomed Dr. Lin, while visiting professor Yang Yao of Peking University introduced Dr. Lin to the audience. UW-Madison Agricultural & Applied Economics Professor Ian Coxhead served as a discussant, following up on Dr. Lin's talk with questions about the influence of corruption and the problems of imbalance in understanding the pace of China's economic growth.

Dr. Lin's lecture focused on China's economic reforms of the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping, which broke from the Soviet model to make market-oriented changes. The sustained high rates of economic growth that resulted continues to stun the world and, Dr. Lin suggested, offers an example for other developing countries to carefully consider.

Click to see a slide show from Dr. Lin's lecture.