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2015 Upton Forum - Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang, the 2015 Miller Upton Scholar, is the International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business, Professor of Global Economics and Management, and Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

A promoter and scholar of entrepreneurship, he founded and directs MIT's China Lab and India Lab, which help entrepreneurs improve their management skills. (See his recent TED Talk, Does Democracy Stifle Growth?, in which Professor Huang compares economic growth in China and India.)

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, the most recent of his five books in English on the Chinese economy, shows that private entrepreneurship, facilitated by financial liberalization and microeconomic flexibility, played a central role in China's economic miracle. The Economist magazine named it one of the best books of 2008. His other books on the Chinese economy are: Inflation and Investment Controls in China (1996), FDI in China (1998), Selling China (2003), and Financial Reform in China (2005, co-edited with Tony Saich and Edward Steinfeld).

Professor Huang has published in academic journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, British Journal of Political Science, World Economy, World Development, World Politics, Journal of Comparative Economic Systems, Journal of Asian Business, Review of International Political Economy, American Political Science Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, China Economic Review, China Finance Review, Business and Politics, and  Indian Journal of Economics and Business. (For more details, see Professor Huang's Selected Publications.)

Prior to MIT, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School.  He received his BA (1985) and PhD (1991) in government from Harvard University.


Panel Discussion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in China

Tuesday, 11/3, 7 p.m.,
Richardson Auditorium.

Panelists are:

  • Daniel Youd, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Beloit College.
  • Jingjing Lou, Associate Professor, Department of Education and Youth Studies, Beloit College.
  • Robert Andre LaFleur, Professor of History and Anthropology, Beloit College.
  • Sarah Kile, '03, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan.
  • Panel Moderator: Don Wyatt, Beloit College Trustee and alumnus, John M. McCardell, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Middlebury College. Editor of the Journal of Song-Yuan Studies; author of The Recluse of Loyang: Shao Yung and the Moral Evolution of Early Sung Thought and The Blacks of Premodern China (Encounters with Asia). 

Panel Discussion: Beloit College Alumni and Entrepreneurship in China

Thursday, 11/5, 7 p.m.,
Richardson Auditorium.

Panelists are:

  • Ying Chen, Founder and CEO Qianqian Tech; Beloit College exchange student 2003-2004, recipient of Beloit College Department of Economics Topps Award.
  • Anthony Skriba, '07, Executive Director Z-Ben Advisors, "a China-based consulting firm whose core interest is in advising our clients on how to best capitalize on growing investment management business opportunities in the Greater China market."
  • Eddie Deming Tang, '84, Co-founder, President and CEO of Lexvu Opto Microelectrics Technology (Shanghai) Ltd.
  • Panel Moderator: Phee Boon Kang, Beloit College Trustee and alumnus, Founder and President of Boon Associates, a consulting firm serving the financial services sector in Taiwan, China and Japan. Mr. Kang is currently an external director in Citibank Japan Limited. Until 2012, he served as an Independent Director for 5 years at the China Guangfa Bank, where he chaired its Risk Management Committee and was a member of its Audit Committee.  

Panel Discussion: The Ideas and Influence of Yasheng Huang

Friday, 11/6, 1 p.m.,
Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall.

Panelists are:

  • Loren Brandt, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto; co-editor of China's Great Economic Transformation, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008.
  • Carrie Currier, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Texas Christian University. Co-editor of China's Energy Relations with the Developing World.
  • Barry Naughton, Professor of Chinese Economy; Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego; his books on the Chinese economy include The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth, and Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978-1993.

The June And Edgar Martin Memorial Lecture

Yasheng Huang, 2015 Miller Upton Scholar
Friday, 11/6, Sanger Science Center Atrium, 7-8:30 p.m.