Challenging Development Economics Theory

On 19 March 2012, La Trobe scholars and students attended an insightful seminar given by Professor Liu Minquan, Chair of the Department of Development Economics in the School of Economics and Founding Director of the Center for Human and Economic Development Studies (CHEDS), Peking University. The theme of the seminar was “Understanding Patterns of Growth and Equity in China”. The historical foundations of China’s recent economic development success, and its failures, were explored, and the country’s future development challenges highlighted.

Jointly organised by the Centre for China Studies, the Confucius Institute, and the School of Economics, the seminar provided an opportunity for La Trobe scholars to exchange ideas with an overseas peer and for students to test their developing knowledge base with the presenter and attending scholars.

Professor Liu generously shared his research methodology and findings with all participants. The attending students also managed to retain Professor Liu’s attentions beyond the seminar’s formal closure and a lively discussion pursued.

One of the attending scholars noted, “I got a lot of fresh information about the study area which will benefit my future research.”

About Professor Liu

Prior to his appointment at Peking University, Liu Minquan was a Professor of Economics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Johns Hopkins University, and a lecturer and research fellow with the University of Leicester and the University of Cambridge in the UK. His recent research has focused on human development (principally health, education, environment and poverty eradication) in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and in other East and Southeast Asian economies. Professor Liu received a M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. He is currently on leave from Peking University and has joined the Asia Development Bank Institute in Tokyo as a Senior Research Fellow.