Lecture: "Making the Poor More Resilient to Overcome Future Crises" presented by Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of The World Bank

April 29, 2010, 4 p.m.
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Studio Theater
University of California, Davis

Justin Yifu Lin, who has been the World Bank’s chief economist since June 2008, guides the bank’s intellectual leadership and plays a key role in shaping its economic research agenda. His research program examines the industrialization of rapidly developing countries, with a focus on why growth is lagging in poor regions.

Before joining the World Bank, Lin served for 15 years as professor and founding director of the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University. He remains on leave from Peking University while serving at the World Bank.

Lin, who is the World Bank’s first chief economist from a developing country, received his doctoral degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986. He is the author of 18 books, including "The China Miracle: Development Strategy and Economic Reform,” which has been published in seven languages, and “Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability," which is available in Chinese and English.

In China, he has served as a deputy of China’s People’s Congress and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He also has been a member of several national and international committees, leading groups, and councils on development policy, technology, and environment including: the United Nations Millennium Task Force on Hunger; the Eminent Persons Group of the Asian Development Bank and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the campus community.

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