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WMU talk brings Chinese economy into sharper focus

by Mark Schwerin

April 7, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Gene H. Chang.
Visiting lecturer Dr. Gene Chang
KALAMAZOO--The Chinese economy and its impact on U.S.-China relations will be examined in a talk Tuesday, April 12, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Gene H. Chang, professor of economics and director of the Asian Studies Institute at the University of Toledo, will speak from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. Part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Chang earned a bachelor's degree in Chinese literature from Fudan University in China in 1982, a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984 and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Michigan in 1989.

Chang's areas of specialty are comparative economics and China's economy. He has published widely on economic development, the Chinese economy and modeling for policy research. He is a former president of the Chinese Economists Society and former co-editor of China Economic Review. He is regularly interviewed by the BBC and Voice of America as a China expert on the global economic and business situations and the U.S. economic relationship with China.

He served as dean of the School of Public Economics and Administration at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China and advised the Shanghai government and mayor of Shanghai on social development and public policy as a researcher at Shanghai Forum, a major policy research platform in Shanghai. Chang has held visiting or honorary positions at Harvard University, Fudan University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Warsaw and Shanghai Academy of Social Science.

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. Now in its 47th year, the speaker series brings highly regarded economists to the area to discuss timely and important economic issues. The theme of this year's series is "Dragon vs. Eagle: The Chinese Economy and U.S.-China Economic Relations."