The new China playbook: beyond socialism and capitalism

Hosted by the Department of Economics

In-person and online public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Dr Keyu Jin

Dr Keyu Jin


Professor Francesco Caselli

Professor Francesco Caselli

China is a formidable and emerging power on the world stage, and its booming economy is the second largest in the world. Yet Western economists have long been incorrectly predicting its collapse. Why do they keep getting it wrong?

Because, according to Keyu Jin, the Chinese economy that most Westerners picture is an incomplete sketch, based on Western dated assumptions and incomplete information. We need a new understanding of China, one that takes a holistic view of its history and its culture. Professor Jin will be presenting The New China Playbook, a revelatory, clear-eyed, and myth-busting exploration of China’s economy, how it grew to be one of the largest in the world, and what the future may hold.

Meet our speaker and chair

Keyu Jin (@KeyuJin) is an associate professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a non-executive board member of the luxury conglomerate Richemont. She is a China Finance 40 Academic Member and has worked with the World Bank, the IMF, and the China Banking Regulatory Commission on fintech. Jin was born in Beijing, China, and attended high school and college in the United States. She holds a BA, MA, and PhD in economics from Harvard University, and resides in Beijing and London.

Francesco Caselli is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the LSE. His work includes contributions to the understanding of convergence and cross-country income differentials, and he is the author of the book Technology Differences over Space and Time. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2010, and he is also a fellow of the Econometric Society (2019).

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