Economist will compare China and India's economic reforms

Economist will compare China and India’s economic reforms

Dr. Shenggen Fan, who is part of the International Food Policy Research Institute, will speak at noon Monday, Oct. 16. His lecture, “Comparison between China and India: Beyond per Capita GDP,” will be held in O’Shaughnessy Education Center auditorium.

China and India have become major powerhouses of the current global economy; however, there are also concerns about their social, health, and environmental indicators. Fan will compare the different paths of economic reforms of China and India and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.

Fan is the director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division of IFPRI. He is considered one of the best agricultural economists on transition economy and China’s rural development. Fan routinely advises developing countries around the world on economic development and poverty reduction. His work, The Dragon and The Elephant: China and India’s Development and Reform Experience, co-written with Ashok Gulati, is forthcoming.

Fan received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1989. The National Science Foundation of China presented him with its Outstanding Young Scholar award in 2005. He is one of the youngest division directors in the 30-year history of IFPRI.

The lecture and discussion is sponsored by the 3M grant, Infusing Chinese/East Asian studies into the curriculum. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development, University of St. Thomas.

For more information, contact Dr. Lily Hwa,