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Chinese economist to spend fall 2011 at UW

Renowned economist Yao Yang, director of the China Center for Economic Research, a think tank housed in Peking University’s National School of Development, will spend the fall of 2011 as a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business.

Yang Yao Yao, who earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1996 (Agriculture & Applied Economics), specializes in issues related to economic transition and development in China. He is also editor of the China Center’s house journal China Economic Quarterly and has published widely in international and domestic journals such as Foreign Affairs. His numerous awards include the 2009 Sun Yefang Economics Award – the highest economics award in China – and the 2006 title of Best Teacher by the Peking University Student Union.

His UW-Madison appointment is part of the Division of International Studies’ Emerging Powers Initiative, which has a Visiting International Professor Program, sponsored by the School of Business, the International Institute, and the Division of International Studies.

“Dr. Yao is a prominent alum and a respected authority on the challenges to economic growth in China,” said Division of International Studies Associate Dean Guido Podestá. “We are delighted to be able to have him on campus to collaborate with faculty and students.”

During his semester in Madison, Yao will be working on a research project titled, “Demography, Finance, and China’s Structural Imbalance Problems,” focusing on the relationship between China’s demographics and the impact of government behavior on economic issues. He will also be teaching a course on China’s trade-oriented growth model, which will touch on such issues as decentralization, income distribution and the political economy. In addition, Yao’s visit will bring opportunities for new connections between UW and the National School of Development, of which Yao is the deputy dean in charge of academic affairs.

Yao will be the third of four distinguished international visitors who will spend time on campus through the Emerging Powers Initiative program. He follows sociology professor Glauco Arbix from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who spent fall 2010 in Madison, and economist Rakesh Basant from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, who is on campus for the spring 2011 semester. The fourth and final professor will be a specialist on Russia. Launched in 2007, UW–Madison’s Emerging Powers Initiative works to strengthen UW research and teaching resources in relation to the emerging powers of China, India, Brazil, and Russia.


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