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COVID-19 Governance with Chinese Characteristics

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy



Professor Ruixue Jia

Professor Ruixue Jia

Professor of economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego

Professor Dali Yang

Professor Dali Yang

William Claude Reavis Professor, University of Chicago

Professor Noam Yuchtman

Professor Noam Yuchtman

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy, LSE


Professor Erik Berglof

Professor Erik Berglof

Director, Institute of Global Affairs

Despite being the first epicentre, China has very few infected and deaths from COVID-19 relative to its population size. However, there are still challenges and uncertainties beneath the health miracle. The first challenge is about multilevel governance. How efficient has the central government been in collecting information from local officials? How can information collection be improved?  A second challenge is about the centrality of economic growth to the government. How has the emphasis on growth influenced policies and reporting at the local and provincial levels? What impact will the economic shock from the pandemic have on the support for government policies? A third challenge concerns the sustainability of the extraordinarily strict lockdown measures and other non-pharmaceutical interventions which have been central to the apparent success so far. 

Professor Ruixue Jia is an associate professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy in University of California San Diego. Jia is interested in the interplay of economics, history and politics. One stream of her research focuses on understanding elite formation and elite influence. A second focus of her work is the deep historical roots of economic development. She recently started following the transformation of the manufacturing sector in China and labor and technology issues. She is affiliated with the BREAD, CESifo, CIFAR and NBER, and is an associate editor for AEJ: Economic Policy, Economic Journal, Journal of Comparative Economics and Journal of Development Economics.

Professor Dali L. Yang (@Dali_Yang) is the William Claude Reavis Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College and Senior Advisor to the President and the Provost on Global Initiatives at the University of Chicago. His research interests include the politics of China’s development, particularly regulation, governance and state-society relations. He is the founding faculty director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, a University-wide initiative to promote collaboration and exchange between UChicago scholars and students and their Chinese counterparts.

Professor Noam Yuchtman is Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy from London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been awarded a British Academy Global Professorship. In addition to his position at LSE, Noam is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Economic Studies, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, and the Journal of Economic History. Noam's research is focused on topics in the fields of political economy, economic history, and labor economic.

Professor Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof) became the inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) in 2015. Previously he was the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining the EBRD in 2006, Erik Berglof held the position of Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 2017-2018 he served on the Secretariat of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance and on the Governing Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York. He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.

Jintao Zhu is the Student Leader for this geographic session. Jintao is a BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at LSE.

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This event is part of the Maryam Forum Launch: "From Rulership to Leadership: Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic".

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