Seminars: China Economy

Term:  Fall 2019-2020
Location:  Sever Hall 214
Meeting Time:  Tuesdays at 3-4:30pm, to be announced (not every week)
Description:  This seminar provides a forum for faculty, graduate students, and research fellows in economics and other fields to present and discuss research and scholarship on the economic and social transformation of China. The seminar will give special attention to the environmental, technological, and social changes that are accompanying China's extraordinary economic development and to the links between Chinese and US economies.
List Serve/Announcements:

SPRING 2020 - Harvard closed per FAS-directive


Tues Jan 28 Introduction 

Sever Hall 214
Seminar participants will introduce themselves, their research and data sets.

NOTE: date and location


FRIDAY   Feb 14 @ 12-1:30pm



SPEAKER: David Yang (Harvard University)

Baker 102, Bloomberg Center, HBS Campus:
TITLE: Data-intensive Innovation and the State: Evidence from AI Firms in China

Data-intensive technologies such as AI may reshape the modern world. We propose that two features of data interact to shape innovation in data-intensive economies: first, states are key collectors and repositories of data; second, data is a non-rival input in innovation. We document the importance of state-collected data for innovation using comprehensive data on Chinese facial recognition AI firms and government contracts. Firms produce more commercial software and patents, particularly data-intensive ones, after receiving government public security contracts. Moreover, effects are largest when contracts provide more data. We then build a directed technical change model to study the state’s role in three applications: autocracies demanding AI for surveillance purposes, data-driven industrial policy, and data regulation due to privacy concerns. When the degree of non-rivalry is as strong as our empirical evidence suggests, the state’s collection and processing of data can shape the direction of innovation and growth of data-intensive economies.
Tues 2/18 @ 3pm Sever Hall 214 Discussion on the Impact of the Coronavirus on the Local & Global Economy: Methods for Analysis
Tues 3/10   NO SEMINAR:  cancelled per University directive



China Economy Seminar Files

CHEN-Tao_Seeing Is Behaving_Ec2342ppt_2Feb2019.pdf
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_1-18-17.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_3-13-17-1.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_3-13-17-2.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2017_3-13-17.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO POST_Spring 2018_2-27-18.pdf
Ec2342_schedule_TO-POST_Spring 2016_3-21-16.docx
Ec2342_schedule_TO-POST_Spring 2016_4-5-16.docx
Ec2342_schedule-TO-POST_Fall 2015_11-24-15.pdf
Ec2342_schedule-TO-POST_Spring 2016_4-13-16.docx
HALEGUA-Aaron_Legal Preemption in China_ec2342_25Oct2017.pdf
LIU-Meijun_2_Knowledge flow in China’s humanities and social sciences_ec2888r_22Nov2017.pdf
LU-Ming_Georgraphy vs Policy_11-9-16-1.pdf
QIAN-Xuechao_ABSTRACT_Educ Investment or Family Background - A Tale of Two Mechanisms in Intergenerational Mobility_3-23-16.pdf
ZAX-Jeff_18-Oct-2017_Interregional Inequality in Urban China_Sept16.pdf
ZHUGE-Liqun_9-20-17_Can Environmental Regulations Drive Firms Innovation_w-Matt-Higgins-and-RBFreeman.pdf