Yan Wang

Senior Academic Researcher, Global China Initiative

Dr. Yan Wang, Senior Academic Researcher, Global China Initiative, Global Development Policy Center at Boston University; senior visiting fellow, Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University; and academic committee member, the International Financial Forum (IFF). She previously worked as Senior Economist and Team Leader in the World Bank for 20 years and served as Coordinator of the OECD-DAC and China Study Group for two years (2009-2011). She is the author or coauthor of four books and dozens of papers and country reports, and received twice the SUN Yefang Award in Economics. 

Having retired from the World Bank, her recent research has been following her interests developed during her career at the Bank, with three main aspects:

  1. Development financing including but not limited to China-Africa cooperation;
  2. Green Transformation and the Quality of Growth in developing countries;
  3. Knowledge products to facilitate South-South Learning and experience sharing

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Relevant publications by topic:

  1. On Development Financing

Seventy Years of Economic Development: A Review from the Angle of New Structural Economics”, (July 2020) joint paper with Justin Yifu Lin, China and World Economy, Vol 28 No.4 p. 26-50.  

A Turning Point for Development Aid” Jusitn Lin and Yan Wang, Project Syndicate, Dec 30, 2019. 

A New Approach to Infrastructure Finance”, Justin Lin, Havard Halland, and Yan Wang, Project Syndicate, March 2018.

The New Structural Economics: Patient Capital as a Comparative Advantage” with Justin Lin (Feb 20, 2017). Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development (2017) Volume 1 Issue 1, pp.4-23. Available at SSRN.

“Going Beyond Aid: Development Cooperation for Structural Transformation,” with Justin Yifu Lin, Cambridge University Press January 2017.

Development beyond Aid”, Justin Lin and Yan Wang, Project Syndicate, May 2017. 

Development Beyond Aid: Utilizing Comparative Advantage in the Belt and Road Initiative to Achieve Win-Win”, with Justin Lin (October 10, 2017). Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development (2017) Vol. 1(2), pp.149-167, DOI/10.24294/jipd.v1i2.68. Available at SSRN.

“New Structural Economics and Resource Financed Infrastructure”, with Justin Lin (February 2016). Special Section: China’s Growing Trade and its Role to the World Economy, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 102-117, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738932 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0106.12154

Leading Dragons Phenomenon: New Opportunities for Catch-Up in Low-Income countries” with Justin Yifu Lin and Vandana Chandra. Asian Development Review, 2013, vol. 30 no.1, pp.52-84. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2260043 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2260043

  1. On the Quality of Growth:

Green Transformation in China: Structures of Endowment, Investment and Employment”, with Hefeng Tong and Jiajun Xu.  Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 54 (Sept 2020) 173-185.  

The Quality of Growth and Poverty Reduction in China, joint with Xialin Wang and Limin Wang, Springer: Heidelberg, New York, London. 2014. 

The Quality of Growth, 2000, as the task manager of this research project and author of Chapter 3 (with Vinod Thomas et al.). The World Bank and Oxford University Press.  

  1. Knowledge products for South-South learning

Sources of China’s Economic Growth 1952-1999: Incorporating Human Capital Accumulation“, with Yudong Yao, China Economic Review 14(1, 2003) 32-52. Available at Yan Wang at IDEAS.

“Options and Impacts of China’s Pension System Reform: a computable general equilibrium analysis”, with Daniel Xu, Zhi Wang and Fan Zhai,  Journal of Comparative Economics, 32 (1, March 2004) 105-127. Received the Sun Yefang Award in 2003 for this paper. 

 “Growth and Poverty Reduction in China: Trends in 1990-1999”, with Shaohua Chen. Policy Research Working Paper no. 2651, World Bank, July 2001.

Measuring education inequality – Gini coefficients of education,” with Vinod Thomas and Xibo Fan, 2001. Policy Research Working Paper Series 2525, The World Bank.

Ownership Structure, Corporate Governance and Firms’ Performance: The Case of China’s Stock Companies,” with Xiaonian Xu.  World Bank PR Working Paper no. 1794, 1997. A shorter version published in China Economic Review, 10 (1999): 75-98. Received the Sun Yefang award in 1999 for this paper.  Available at Yan Wang at Ideas.

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