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Green Transformation in China and Patient Capital in the Developing World

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, 153

Dr. Yan Wang, CIPA Executive-in-Residence & Former World Bank Senior Economist

This workshop will focus on the structure of the Chinese economy and opportunities for simulating green transformation. Dr. Wang will also discuss developing financing gaps across the developing world. She will explain the concept and major sources of patient capital and future prospects in development finance. There will be a chance to ask questions and discuss development finance and opportunities looking towards the future in China and other developing countries.


Dr. Yan WANG is a former Senior Economist in the Growth and Competitiveness unit at the World Bank Institute. She joined the Bank in 1993 as an Economist in EAPVP. In this capacity she contributed to a number of regional studies including Managing Capital Flows in East Asia, and China: Old Age Security: Pension System Reform. Yan subsequently joined WBI as a Senior Economist, where she has served as TTL for a range of research and training programs in the fields of finance, and investment climate. In the past few years, a key focus of her work has been on South-South Cooperation and China-Africa Development Cooperation. Most recently, she served as Research Coordinator of OECD-DAC and China Study Group for two years, and Program Leader for WBI's Investment Climate program. She has authored /coauthored a number of publications including “Leading Dragons Phenomenon” (2012) with Justin Yifu Lin and Vandana Chandra, “Economic Transformation: How it happened in China, Helping it happen in Africa (China-DAC Study Group, v.II)”, “Banking Sector Openness and Growth”, “Corporate Governance among China’s Stock-holding Companies,” “The Quality of Growth: Fiscal Policy for Better Results” with Vinod Thomas; “Sources of China’s Economic Growth 1952-2000,” and “The Quality of Growth” (2000). She has received several awards including the SUN Yefang Award in Economics (the highest award in economics in China), McNamara Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and taught economics as a tenure-track assistant professor before joining the World Bank.

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