Demystifying the Chinese Economy


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Cambridge University Press
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5.8 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Justin Yifu Lin is Professor and Director at the Center for New Structural Economics, and Professor and Honorary Dean at the National School of Development at Peking University, Beijing. He is Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2008-12. Prior to joining the World Bank, Lin served for fifteen years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is the author of twenty-four books, including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession (Cambridge, 2013), The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off (2012), New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy (2012), Demystifying the Chinese Economy (Cambridge, 2011), Benti and Changwu: Dialogues on Methodology in Economics (2012), and Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability (Cambridge, 2009).


"No one knows the Chinese economy better than Justin Lin, and there's no one better placed to describe its essential workings. A unique perspective on the Chinese miracle from a unique perch." - Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
"Justin Lin's Demystifying the Chinese Economy is a tour de force. The book succeeds at many levels. It presents a broad historical perspective over two millennia of the rise, fall, and the dramatic resurgence of Chinese economic power. It presents an analytically informative study of the sources of Chinese economic growth and the prospects of growth for the future. Lin formalizes the successful pragmatic Chinese approach to economic development using his insightful notion of 'Comparative Advantage Following (CAF)' strategies. The book challenges many tenets of conventional neoclassical theory and shows how naive application of many of its principles had catastrophic consequences for many transition economies." - James J Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics, University of Chicago
"This book considers fundamental questions about the great transformation of China from a poor underdeveloped country to a global leader in modern economic growth. These are among the most important questions of our time, and Justin Lin has the best credentials to help us understand them. In this book, he offers a new and important perspective on the conditions for modern economic development in China and the world." - Roger Myerson, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics, University of Chicago
"This clear and insightful study of the origins of China's failures and, finally, its extraordinary success will be must-reading for anyone who wants to understand Chinese development. An important book and much overdue." - Edmund S. Phelps, McVickar Professor of Political Economy, 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics, Columbia University
"This is the best book on China's economy that I've read..." -James Pressley, Bloomberg
"...[one of] five recent titles from the Letter from China bookshelf that are surprising or entertaining or useful...when the history of China's economic boom is written, Lin's will be one of the clearest cases in defense of the Chinese way." -Evan Osnos, New