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Cornell Welcomes Leading Expert on China’s Economic Boom

November 16-17, Ithaca Campus

Cornell University East Asia Program

Cornell Welcomes Leading Expert on China’s Economic Boom

The Cornell East Asia Program is joining with the Phi Beta Kappa Society to bring economist and historian Thomas Rawski to Cornell on November 16-17, 2006. Thomas Rawski is professor of economics and history at the University of Pittsburgh and Research Professor in the University Center

for International Studies. He is one of America’s leading analysts of modern China’s economic growth and a renowned expert on the history and politics of modern China. Prof. Rawski is also an Ithaca native and graduated from Cornell in economics in 1965.

During his two day stay on campus he will be giving three public talks:

"What Can Economists Learn from China’s Long Boom?"

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 4:30 PM, Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall. Part of the East Asia Program Visiting Lecture Series.

"China's Economic Prospects to 2025"

Friday, November 17, 2006, 1:25 to 2:15 PM, 335 Baker Lab. This lecture will be part of Prof. Henry Wan's class, "Economics of Export-Led Development" and it is open to the public.

"Markets, Industrial Development and China's Internationalization"

Friday, November 17, 2006, 3:30 to 5:00 PM, 302 Uris Hall. This lecture is part of the series on "Institutions, Market Processes and the Firm" organized by the Center for the Study of Economy and Society.

His research focuses on the development and modern history of China’s economy, including studies of China’s reform mechanism and achievements, as well as specific analyses of productivity, investment, industry, trade, labor markets, and economic measurement. He is co-organizer of a large collaborative project aimed at evaluating China’s recent growth spurt from the perspective of global economic history.


Thomas G. Rawski was born in Ithaca in 1943 and graduated from Ithaca High School in 1961. His father taught at Ithaca College during the 1940s and 1950s and his mother worked in the Cornell libraries, including Olin and the Vet School library, from the late 1950s to the late 1960s.

Prof. Rawski’s many publications include Economic Growth and Employment in China (World Bank Research, 1980); China’s Transition to Industrialization (U. Michigan Press, 1980); Economic Growth in Prewar China (U. California Press, 1989); Chinese History in Economic Perspective (U. California Press, 1992); and Economics and the Historian (U. California Press, 1996).

He has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Tokyo, Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, the Hoover Institution, and the Australian National University. He is past president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, and has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the ACLS, the Wilson Center, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Prof. Rawski’s visit to Cornell is cosponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program, which makes possible visits by distinguished scholars designed to “contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students.” Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor, founded by five students at the College of William & Mary in 1776. The Greek initials, BK, represent the motto "Love of learning is the guide of life." The Cornell chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is headed by Professor Harry Shaw, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Details of Thomas Rawski’s visit to Cornell are available on the East Asia Program Calender





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