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At Economic Outlook 2021 in Hong Kong, a panel of renowned economists from Booth and beyond discussed some of the most pressing issues facing Asian economies today and their predictions for what lies ahead.

Our lineup of experts speakers included Booth professors Randall S. Kroszner and Chang-Tai Hsieh, as well as UChicago alumnus Richard Wong, AB ’74, AM ’74, PhD ’81 (Economics).  Their wide-ranging conversation explored China’s approach to the pandemic, shifts and vulnerabilities in China’s economy, and geopolitical issues likely to affect the entire region in the coming year.

Read top takeaways and watch the video

Speakers

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Randall S. Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Randall S. Kroszner served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure.

Randall S. Kroszner
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Chang-Tai Hsieh

Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar

Chang-Tai Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, as well as the World Bank’s Development Economics Group and the Economic Planning Agency in Japan.

Chang-Tai Hsieh
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Richard Wong, AB ’74, AM ’74, PhD ’81 (Economics)

Professor of Economics, Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, University of Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong has been founding director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research since 1987 and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy since 1999. His research focuses on the political economy of public policy—property, housing, labor, and population—and regional economic development in China. He was appointed a justice of the peace in 2000. He is chairman of the council, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the university.

Richard Wong, AB ’74, AM ’74, PhD ’81 (Economics)