Associate Prof. ZHANG Yan
ZHANG Yan is an Associate Professor at School of Economics and China Center for Economic Studies in Fudan University. She held her Ph.D. in Guanghua School of Management, Beijing University (2004). Her papers on fiscal decentralization won her the Mundell-Huang Prize and the annual excellent paper of China Economic Quarterly (in Chinese). Her research interests include fiscal decentralization, educational finance, economic growth, and Chinese economy. She was also a visiting scholar at Queen’s University of Canada and University of California, Berkeley.
This advanced course aims to give some institutional explanations to so-called China's Miracle from political, social, and economic aspects. It will also discuss current top issues and directions of future opening-up and reform. Students should understand the political and economic logic of China’s reform and opening-up since 1978. Ongoing reforms should also be known. Students should be familiar with at least 2 areas in China’s reform agenda.
Module I. China’s Miracle: The Economic, Political and Social foundations
Week 1: Introduction: 35 years’ reforms and challenges
Week 2: Driving Forces: centralization and official promotion systems in China
Week 3: Social Structure and its Evolution Implication to China’s Growth
Module II. Challenges for China's Economic Reform and Opening-up: Special Issues
Week 4: C1--Local Debts, Land Finance, and Central-Local Relationship
Week 5: C2--Urbanization, Industrialization, and Investment Dr.iving Force
Week 6: C3--Private Enterprises, Financial Constraints, and Marketization
Week 7: C4--Regional Partition, Urban-rural Partition, and Inequality
Module III. Feasible Systems and Feasible Strategies for China's Sustainable Developments: Economic Reform and Opening-up in the Next Decade
Week 8: Reconstruct the Central-local Relationship: Economic and Political Bases
Week 9: Market, Government, and Public Services Provision in China
Week 10: China and the World: Opening-door Policies and Globalization
Week 11: Industrial Upgrading and Long-run Economic Growth in China
Week 12: Conclusion: Reconstructing China’s Economic, Political, and Social Foundations
Textbooks and Reference Books
There is no required textbook. Reading materials are selected from top economics journals. Readings and lecture slides could be downloaded from EMA website: http://www.econ.Fudan.edu.cn/ema/index.php. A public course mailbox is also set.
Lu, Ming, Zhao Chen, Yongqin Wang, Yan Zhang, Yuan Zhang, and Changyuan Luo, China’s Economic Development: Institutions, Growth and Imbalances. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2013.