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Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu Lin

Director, Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University; Professor and Honorary Dean, National School of Development, Peking University; Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President, World Bank (2008-2012)


Mr. Lin is professor and honorary dean, National School of Development at Peking University. He is Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University and is the author of 24 books including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession, The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off, New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, Benti and Changwu: Dialogues on Methodology in Economics, and Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability.

He is member of the Standing Committee and Vice Chairman of Economic Council, Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference Counselor of the State Council, Vice Chairman of Peking University Council. He served on several national and international committees, leading groups, and councils on development policy, technology, and environment including: Eminent Persons Council of the World Bank,International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Steering Committee, the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger the Eminent Persons Group of the Asian Development Bank; the National Committee on United States-China Relations; the Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System; Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee; and the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council. He received honorary doctoral degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, Fordham University, Nottingham University, City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of British Columbia, Katholieke University Leuven, and is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.