China’s Growth: Understanding the slowdown and future trajectory by Professor Shang-Jin Wei, Columbia University, 25 June 2019

Public Lecture - Adam Smith Distinguished Speaker Events June 2019

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China’s Growth: Understanding the slowdown and future trajectory

Professor Shang-Jin Wei, Columbia University


5pm, Tuesday 25 June 2019

Lecture Theatre, Sir Charles Wilson Building, Kelvin Way, University of Glasgow




The recent slowdown in China’s growth comes from three distinct sources, each requiring different policy responses. In this talk, Professor Wei analyses these sources, assesses current policy responses and proposes additional reforms. To understand future economic trajectory, Professor Wei considers the likelihood that the country can successfully transition from a low-tech manufacturing giant to a more innovation-based growth model.


Professor Shangjin Wei is N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and School of International and Public Affairs. He is a noted scholar on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China. During 2014-2016, Professor Wei served as Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Prior to his Columbia appointment in 2007, he was Assistant Director and Chief of Trade and Investment Division at the International Monetary Fund. He has been a consultant to numerous government organizations including the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, and United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, and to private companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

This event is supported by the Adam Smith Business School, the Scottish Centre for China Research, and the Confucius Institute of the University of Glasgow.


This lecture marks the launch of a new flagship event: The Adam Smith Distinguished Speaker series. This series will welcome acclaimed speakers from the world of economics to the University. These speakers will challenge conventional wisdom and constructively offer bold propositions to transform policy for the benefit of society, just as Adam Smith, in his time, was able to disrupt the old view of economics.


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First published: 25 April 2019

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