Richard Wong

Founding Director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy, University of Hong Kong School of Economics

Wong is founding director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research (1987) and of the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy (1999). He is a recipient of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for his work in advancing economic research on policy issues in Hong Kong. Wong also is principal investigator of the Area of Excellence Grant in economic policy and business strategy awarded by the University Grants Committee.   

He has served on numerous of public bodies, including the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee; Housing Authority, Industry, and Technology Development Council; the University Grants Committee; the Central Policy Unit; and Chief Executive’s Commission on Innovation and Technology.

Wong was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 1999 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of his contributions to education, housing, and industry and technology development. He was appointed a justice of the peace in 2000.

He was visiting scholar at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (1985) and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (1989). He joined the University of Hong Kong School of Economics in 1992 and has served in various capacities, including director of the School of Business (1997 - 2000); dean (2001 - 04); acting dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics (2004 - 07); and deputy vice-chancellor and provost (2004 - 10).  

His current research focuses are public housing in Hong Kong, the political economy of laissez faire in Hong Kong, and regional economic development in China. His research on public housing studies the welfare effects of the government public housing strategy and recommends the sale of public housing units to improve efficiency and equity.

Wong received bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago.