Economics 435/2738 is a half-year course that examines the economic development of China. Although much of our attention will be directed towards an assessment of the post-1978 economic reforms in China, we will take a longer perspective on the growth process, and consider both the Chinese economic system between 1949-1978, as well as the pre-1949 economy.

Despite the size of the class–I anticipate 20-25 students–I hope to run this class like a seminar, with active participation on the part of students. If you are looking for a course in which only the professor talks and you listen, then perhaps this isn’t the course for you. On the other hand, if you are look for a course in which you (we) tackle some difficult, but topical questions that have great bearing on today’s international economy, then perhaps this will be to your liking.