Asian Development Bank and the US-Asia Institute present:
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT OUTLOOK:
The New Normal and Asia’s Economic Slowdown
featuring Shang-Jin Wei,
Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Reserve Officers Association
1 Constitution Avenue NE
Luncheon provided, RSVP required.
Mr. Wei is the Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank and Director General of its Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department. Mr. Wei is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, leads the production and dissemination of ADB’s flagship knowledge products, as well as ADB’s support for various regional cooperation fora such as ASEAN+3 and APEC. Mr. Wei, born in the People’s Republic of China and a national of the United States, has a long and distinguished career in academia and international finance and trade. Before joining ADB he was the N.T. Wang Chair and Director of the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia University, Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working group on the Chinese economy, and a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (Europe). Prior to Columbia University, Mr. Wei was an Assistant Director and Chief of Division at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he led the Fund’s policy research and advised on issues in international trade, investment, globalization, and related topics. He was IMF Chief of Mission to Myanmar in 2004. Mr. Wei served as an advisor on anti-corruption policy and research at the World Bank from 1999 to 2000. He was an assistant and associate professor at Harvard University from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Wei is a recipient of Zhang Peigang Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Development Economics (joint with R. Koopman and Z. Wang) for his pioneering research on global value chains that was published in the American Economic Review (2014), Sun Yefang Prize for Economic Science (joint with X. Zhang) for the invention of the theory of the competitive saving motive and its application to understanding the high savings patterns in Asia that was published in the Journal of Political Economy (2011), and Gregory Chow Best Paper Award (joint with X. Zhang) for a generalization of the competitive savings idea to a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and economic growth. Mr. Wei earned a PhD in Economics and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University; and a Bachelor’s degree in World Economy from Fudan University in the People’s Republic of China.
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