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The Economic Outlook for Asia

The Economic Outlook for Asia

Presented by the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business

Friday, October 10th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

A joint discussion featuring Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB), N. T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, Columbia University and Lawrence Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lulu Chow Wang Senior Visiting Scholar, Columbia University

Shang-Jin Wei, in his new post as Chief Economist of the ADB, will offer a first-hand summary of the bank’s annual Asian Development Outlook with a glimpse into the economic performance of the 45 economies that make up developing Asia both for this past year and the next 24 months. In addition, Lawrence Lau will focus on quantitative easing and its effects on exchange rates, interest rates, and stock prices in the individual economies of this region. 

Uris Hall, Room 330

Columbia University

3022 Broadway

New York, NY

Registration is required. There is no cost for this event. Lunch will be provided.

For questions, please call (212) 854-4750 or email

About the speakers   

Shang-Jin Wei assumed his current position as Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in June 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Wei has been Professor of Finance and Economics, N.T. Wang Chair in Chinese Business and Economy, and Director of the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business since 2007. He is also Director for the National Bureau of Economic Research's Working Group on the Chinese Economy and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (Europe). Before joining Columbia University, he had had the positions of Assistant Director, Chief of Trade and Investment Division, Chief of Mission to Myanmar (Burma) at the International Monetary Fund, the New Century Chair Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Associate Professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has undertaken consulting work for both private companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and government organizations such as the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations. Professor Wei has published extensively on topics on international finance, trade, and the Chinese economy in leading academic journals. His research has also been reported in Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, and other news media. Professor Wei received his MS in business administration (finance) and Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Lawrence Lau received his B.S. degree (with Great Distinction) in Physics from Stanford University in 1964 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and 1969 respectively.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 1966, becoming Professor of Economics in 1976 and the first Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development at Stanford University in 1992.  From 1992 to 1996, he served as a Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, and from 1997 to 1999, as the Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  He became Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, Emeritus, upon his retirement from Stanford University in 2006.  From 2004 to 2010, Professor Lau served as Vice-Chancellor (President) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 2010-2014, he was appointed Chairman of CIC International (Hong Kong) Co., Limited and currently serves as Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Professor Lau specializes in economic development, economic growth, and the economies of East Asia, including that of China.  In 1966, he developed the first econometric model of China.  He has authored, co-authored, or edited six books and published more than 170 articles and notes in international professional journals.

October 10th, 2014 12:30 PM   through   2:00 PM
3022 Broadway
Uris Hall Room 330
New York, 10027
United States
Phone: 212-854-4750

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