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The New Normal in China: Lessons from Europe


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We are proud to have the privilege of inviting Prof Sir Christopher Pissarides, IAS Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large and 2010 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, to talk about the new normal in China: lessons from Europe. To encourage casual and more in-depth interactions, refreshments are served after the talk.


Chinese leaders are talking about a set of new “normal” economic conditions in China with lower growth rates than have been experienced since the reforms of the early 1980s. What does the “new normal” entail and what are the potential problems that need to be tackled by policy makers? Europe went through this stage at various times since the beginnings of the industrial revolution but more recently in the 1970s and 1980s. Are there lessons to be learned from the European transitions for China and Chinese policy-makers? The lecture will examine these and related issues.

About the speaker

Sir Christopher Pissarides is the first Nobel laureate appointed to HKUST faculty. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Prof Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University and Prof Peter Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, for his work in the economics of labor markets, especially his work on markets with frictions and unemployment. Prior to that, in 2005, he became the first European economist to win the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, sharing it again with his collaborator Prof Dale Mortensen.

Sir Christopher received his PhD in Economics in 1973 from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has been on its faculty since 1976. He is the Regius Professor of Economics at the LSE, the Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus, and the Chairman of the Council of National Economy of the Republic of Cyprus.

In 2011, Sir Christopher served as the President of the European Economic Association. Between 2000 and 2007 he was the external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Cyprus, which brought the euro to Cyprus. He has also been consultant on matters concerning the euro to the British Treasury and the Swedish Commission on the euro. He has also been consultant at the European Commission, World Bank and OECD on matters related to employment and macroeconomic policy.

Sir Christopher is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Athens, the Academia Europaea and several other learned societies, and he is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. He has been honored by several universities worldwide with doctorates or professorships. In 2011 he received the Grand Cross of the Republic of Cyprus, the highest honor of the Republic. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013.

Sir Christopher has written extensively in professional journals, magazines and the press. His book Equilibrium Unemployment Theory is an influential reference in the economics of unemployment that has been translated into many languages. He is frequently quoted in the press on issues concerning the Eurozone and the future of European integration.

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