Research Panel Discussion: How will local government debts affect the Chinese economy?

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In collaboration with the Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance at Renmin University, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted a research-based panel discussion of the question: How will local government debts affect the Chinese economy?


Joyce Yanyun Man is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on China at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Executive Director of the Lincoln Institute-Peking University Center for Urban Development and Land Policy in Beijing.  Her areas of expertise include urban and regional economics, public finance, property tax, and urbanization and evolving land policy in China. A graduate of the Beijing Foreign Studies University with a Ph.D in economics from Johns Hopkins University, she was previously associate professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. a visiting professor at Renmin University, and a visiting professor at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Andrew Batson is the Research Director at GK Dragonomics, part of the GraveKal Company.  He has lived and worked in China since 1998, and was previously the chief China economics correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Raised in a small town in southeastern Louisiana, he earned his degree in anthropology at Reed College, and later studied Chinese in Nanjing.

Xingyuan Feng is Vice Director at the Unirule Institute of Economics and Professor of Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  His research interests include New Political Economics, Comparative Institutional Analysis, Regional Economy and Culture, Public Finance, Finance, Local Government Administration.  He was a co-founder and Vice President of the Cathay Institute for Public Affairs, Editor-in-chief of a well known book series in China: Modern Western Thought Series. His books include Capital Freedom in China.  2011 Annual Report, Local Government Competition, Village Organizations and Village Governance in China, Rural Enterprise Finance and Informal Rural Organizational Innovations in China, and European Constitution Making: Implications for China.