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Brandeis economist looks at challenges facing China

Update: This event has been canceled

Jan. 7, 2011

KALAMAZOO--The wide range of issues confronting China will be scrutinized when a visiting economist speaks as part of Western Michigan University's Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Photo of Dr Gary Jefferson.Dr. Gary Jefferson, a professor with joint appointments at Brandeis University in the Department of Economics and in the International Business School, will address "Challenges Facing China: Energy, Income Inequality and Political Reform" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Jefferson earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, a master's at Tufts University and doctoral degree in economics at Yale University.

At Brandeis, Jefferson's research focuses on institutions, technology, economic growth and China's economic transformation. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the economics of innovation, development economics and China. In addition to serving on the Brandeis faculty, Jefferson is an adjunct professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and is an honorary professor at Wuhan University.

In addition to Wuhan University, Jefferson has lived and taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and frequently travels to China for his research and speaking engagements. He recently spent his spring 2007 sabbatical at the Development Economics Research Center at Wuhan University, the Center for Chinese Economic Studies at Fudan University and the Center for Chinese Economic Research at Peking University.

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. Now in its 47th year, the speaker series brings highly regarded economists to the area to discuss timely and important economic issues. The theme of this year's series is "Dragon vs. Eagle: The Chinese Economy and U.S.-China Economic Relations."

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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