Economics professor/Senior associate, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
Dr. Ding LU is an economics professor and senior associate at University of the Fraser Valley, Canada, and President (2011-12) of the Chinese Economists Society of North America. A graduate from China’s Fudan University, he obtained his PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in 1991. Before joining his current university, Dr. Lu was on the faculty of Sophia University at Tokyo (2005-08), National University of Singapore (1992-2005) and University of Nebraska at Omaha (1991-92). His research interests include regional economic development, international trade and investment, and comparative economic systems. He has published dozens of papers in professional journals, authored and edited eight academic volumes, and written book chapters in dozens of academic works. Most of his publications involve development issues in Pacific Asia, particularly the Chinese economy. Details of his research can be found at http://ecslud.webs.com/
Earlier this year, China was officially upgraded by the World Bank to the rank of the “upper middle-income countries”. This is a milestone of the country’s remarkable achievements over thirty years of rapid and persistent economic growth. Nevertheless, China now faces a series of challenges in a profound transition of its social-economic structure. Whether China is able to meet these challenges will determine its chance to avoid the so-called “middle income trap” in the coming decades. This seminar will discuss these challenges and assess China’s ability to meet the challenges in an internationally comparative perspective.