Yasheng Huang

International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
Professor of Global Economics and Management and Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning

Biography | Selected Publications

MIT and Innovations: Lessons for China. Zhang, Shiwei, Dianfan Yu and Dan Wang. 2015.

“Political Economy of Privatization in China.” Huang, Yasheng. In Oxford Companion of Economics, edited by Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, Xiaobo Zhang, 291-296. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014. 

“Policy Model and Inequality: Some Potential Questions.” Huang, Yeshang. In China's Challenges, edited by Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 83-104. Philadelphia, PA: Universiity of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

“China's Inbound and Outbound Foreign Direct Investment .” Huang, Yasheng. In  Routledge Handbook of Chinese Economy, edited by Gregory C. Chow and Dwight H. Perkins, 222-234. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014.

“What’s Next for the Chinese Economy?” Huang, Yasheng. Sloan Management Review, June 2014.

“Comment on ‘Incentives and Outcomes: China’s Environmental Policy.’” Huang, Yasheng. Capitalism and Society Vol. 9, No. 1 (2014.) (2014)

“Overtaking the Dragon.” Huang, Yasheng. In Reimagining India, edited by McKinsey & Company, 74-79. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Why democracy still wins: A critique of Eric X. Li’s “A tale of two political systems.” Huang, Yasheng. In TEDBlog. Ted.com, July 2013.

Does ethnicity pay?” Huang, Yasheng, Li Jin and Yi Qian. Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 95, No. 3 (2013): 868-883. (2013)

China’s Challenge.” Huang, Yasheng. MIT Technology Review, January 2013.

“Democratize or Die: Why China’s Communists Face Reform or Revolution.” Huang, Yasheng. Foreign Affairs, January 2013.

Dawn for a New China?” Huang, Yasheng. In Room for Debate. The New York Times,  November 2012.

“The Key to Bringing Democracy to China.” Huang, Yasheng. Foreign Policy, November 2012.

“Financing Constraints on the Private Sector in Post-Socialist China.” Huang, Yasheng. In Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, edited by Nina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger, 176-194. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012. 

Should the U.S. seek more tech manufacturing?” Huang, Yasheng. In Room for Debate. The New York Times, August 2012.

How did China take off?” Huang, Yasheng. Journal of Economic Perspectives Vol.  24, No. 4 (2012): 147-170. (2012)

“FDI policies in India and China: Evidence from Firm Surveys.” Huang, Yasheng and Heiwai Tang. World Economy Vol. 35, No. 1 (2012): 91-105. (2012)

Is China's Model Unique? Huang, Yasheng. Zhongxin Commercial Press, 2011.

Transformation of Large Private Enterprises in China. Huang, Yasheng, Jiang Rouchen and Yu Dianfu. Shanghai China: Shanghai Economics and Finance University Press, 2011.

“Ownership Biases and Foreign Direct Investment in China.” Huang, Yasheng. In The Rise of Asia: Trade and Investment in Global Perspective edited by Prema-Chandra Athukorala, 161-181. London, England: Routledge, 2011.

“China: Getting the Rural Issues Right.” Huang, Yasheng. In New Ideas on Development after the Financial Crisis, edited by Nancy Birdsall and Francis Fukuyama, 85-110. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 2011.

Path of Growth of Large Enterprises. Jiang, Rou Chen, Yasheng Huang and Wang Dan. Beijing, China: China Modern Economic Publishing House, 2011. 

“The fallacy of Beijing Consensus.” Huang, Yasheng. The Wall Street Journal, June 2010.

Is Entrepreneurship Missing in Shanghai?” Huang, Yasheng and Yi Qian. In International Differences in Entrepreneurship, edited by Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar, 321-346. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Gross Democratic Product.” Huang, Yasheng. Forbes India, May 2010.

Debating China's Economic Growth: The Beijing Consensus or The Washington Consensus.” Huang, Yasheng. Journal of Management Perspectives Vol. 24, No. 2 (2010): 31-47.  (2010)

China’s Other Path.” Huang, Yasheng. Wilson Quarterly, May 2010.

Educated and fearing the future in China,” Huang, Yasheng. In Room for Debate. New York Times, March 2010.

“Human capital development: The reason behind China’s growth.” Huang, Yasheng. Economic Times, December 2009.

“Global Crisis Offers China a Chance for Change.” Huang, Yasheng. The Guardian, May 2009.

“Schumpeterian Economics for Chindia.” Huang, Yasheng. Forbes, April 2009.

“Political Federalism and Inflation: Sub-national Evidence from China.” Huang, Yasheng and Yumin Sheng.  British Journal of Political Science Vol. 39, No. 2 (2009): 389-412.  (2009)

“China’s Growth Fantasy.” Huang, Yasheng. The Wall Street Journal, December 2008.

Private Ownership: The Real Source of China's Economic Miracle.” Huang, Yasheng. McKinsey Quarterly, December 2008.

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: State and Entrepreneurship During Reform. Huang, Yasheng. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Economic Development Experience: China.” Huang, Yasheng. In International Handbook of Development Economics, edited by Amitava Krishna Dutt and Jaime Ros, 536-553. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2008.

"A Fire Sale without Fire: An Explanation of Labor-Intensive FDI in China." Zhang, Yifan, Yue Ma, Zhi Yang and Yasheng Huang, MIT Sloan Working Paper 4713-08. Cambridge, MA: MIT School Sloan School of Management, August 2008.

“Should Mumbai Learn from Shanghai?” Huang, Yasheng. Economic and Political Weekly, July 2008.

“The Next Asian Miracle.” Huang, Yasheng. Foreign Policy, July 2008.

"Is Entrepreneurship Missing in Shanghai?" Huang, Yasheng and Yi Qian, MIT Sloan Working Paper 4707-08. Cambridge, MA: MIT School Sloan School of Management, June 2008.

"Just How Capitalist is China?" Huang, Yasheng, MIT Sloan Working 4699-08. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, April 2008. 

“The political economy of private sector development in China.” Haggard, Stephan and Yasheng Huang. In China’s Economic Transition: Origins, Mechanisms, and Consequences, edited by Loren Brandt and Thomas G. Rawski, 337-374. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Roots of China’s Miracle.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, October 2007.

“Ownership Biases and FDI in China: Evidence from Two Provinces.” Huang, Yasheng. Business and Politics Vol. 9, No. 1 (2007.)  (2007)

“A Tale of Two Provinces: The Institutional Environment and Foreign Ownership in China.” Huang, Yasheng and Wenhua Di. China Finance Review (2007.) (2007)

“China is no haven for entrepreneurs.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, February 2007.

“Are China and India performing well relative to their competitive potential?” Huang, Yasheng. In Schwab, Klaus, and Michael Porter (eds.), Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007, New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 2006. 117-122.

Assessing Financing Constraints for Domestic Private Firms in China and India: Evidence from the WBES.” Huang, Yasheng. Indian Journal of Economics & Business Vol. Special Issue India & China (2006.)      (2006)

“Zhejiang’s Rural Entrepreneurs are a Model for China.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, October 2006.

Why is China Still Poor?” Huang, Yasheng. Emerging Markets, May 2006.

“The Microeconomic Rise of India.” Huang, Yasheng. Far Eastern Economic Review, March 2006.

“Should China Learn from India’s Slow and Quiet Rise?” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, January 2006.

“Indigenous Versus Foreign Business Models.” Huang, Yasheng and Tarun Khanna. In Asia’s Giants: Comparing China and India, edited by Edward Friedman and Bruce Gilley, 161-182. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.

“Introduction.” Huang, Yasheng, Edward Steinfeld and Tony Saich. In Financial Sector Reforms in China, edited by Yasheng Huang, Tony Saich and Joan Kaufman. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

“Why more may be actually less? Financing bias and labor-intensive FDI in China.” Huang, Yasheng. In Financial Sector Reforms in China, edited by Yasheng Huang, Tony Saich and Joan Kaufman. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

“China’s Strength Begins at Home.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, June 2005.

Selling China: Foreign Direct Investment During the Reform Era. Huang, Yasheng. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. (2005)

“China’s Big Hope is Not Hong Kong.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, January 2005.

“ASEAN’s Institutions are Still in Poor Shape.” Huang, Yasheng and Bernard Yeung. Financial Times, September 2004.

“China is Just Catching Up.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, June 2004.

“China’s Growth Masks Weaknesses.” Huang, Yasheng. Financial Times, April 2004.

ASEAN and FTAA: External Threat and Internal Institutional Weaknesses.” Huang, Yasheng, Randall K. Morck and Bernard Yeung. Business and Politics Vol. 6,  No. 1 (2004): 1-45. (2004)

“Can India Overtake China?” Huang, Yasheng and Tarun Khanna. Foreign Policy, July/August 2003.

“One Country, Two Systems: Foreign-Invested Enterprises and Domestic Firms in China.” Huang, Yasheng. China Economic Review Vol. 14, No. 4 (2003): 404-416. (2003)

“Two Cheers for Jiangs Zemin's Three Represents.” Huang, Yasheng. Project Syndicate, November 2002.

“Between Two coordination Failures: Automotive Industrial Policy in China with a Comparison to Korea.” Huang, Yasheng. Review of International Political Economy Vol. 9, No. 3 (2002): 538-573.  (2002)

“The Benefits of FDI in a Transitional Economy: The Case of China.” Huang, Yasheng. In New Horizons for Foreign Direct Investment, 138-154. Paris, France: OECD, 2003. (2002)

“Managing Chinese bureaucrats: An institutional Economics Perspective.” Huang, Yasheng. Political Studies Vol.  50, No. 1 (2002): 61-79. (2002)

“Understanding US-China Economic Relations.” Huang, Yasheng. In Constrained Engagement. Beijing, China: Xinhua Press, 2001.

“Why Chinese Companies Stay at Home” Huang, Yasheng. Project Syndicate, November 2001.

The Role of Foreign-Invested Enterprises in the Chinese Economy: An Institutional Foundation Approach.” Huang, Yasheng. In China, the United States and the Global Economy, edited by Shuxun Chen and Charles Wolf, Jr., 147-192. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, 2001.

“Internal and External Reforms in China.” Huang, Yasheng. Cato Journal Vol. 21, No. 1 (2001): 43-64. (2001)

“Why Overseas Chinese Dominate China's Exports.” Huang, Yasheng. Project Syndicate, May 2001.

“Political Institutions and Fiscal Reforms in China.” Huang, Yasheng. Problems of Post-Communism Vol. 48, No.1 (2001): 16.  (2001)

“An Institutional and Policy Approach to the Demand for Foreign Direct Investment in China.” Huang, Yasheng. In China Review 2000, edited by Chung-Ming Lau and Jianfa Shen, Hong Kong, China: Chinese University Press, 2000.

“Capital Controls: China’s Stellar FDI Flows?” Huang, Yasheng. The Wall Street Journal Europe, September 2000.

“Foreign Direct Investment: Why China Needs So Much?” Huang, Yasheng. Harvard China Review, Spring/Summer 2000.

“The Triumph of China’s Free Traders.” Huang, Yasheng. The Wall Street Journal Asia, November 1999.

“Third Front.” Huang, Yasheng. Time (International), October 1999.

“WTO Entry is Critical to China’s Stability.” Huang, Yasheng. The Wall Street Journal Asia, September 1999.

“A Chinese Nightmare.” Huang, Yasheng. Newsweek (International edition), March 1999.

“Sino-US Relations: The Economic Dimension.” Huang, Yasheng. In the Eyes of the Dragon: China Views the World, edited by Yong Deng and Fei-ling Wang, 159-183. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Going With the Flow.” Huang, Yasheng. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Summer 1998.

FDI in China. Huang, Yasheng. Singapore: The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1998.

“The Econonomic and Political Integration of Hong Kong: Implications for Government-Business Relations.” Huang, Yasheng. In Hong Kong Under Chinese Rule: The Economic and Political Implications of Reversion, edited by Warren I. Cohen and Li Zhao, 96-133. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

“Book Review: State and Society in China's Political Economy.” Huang, Yasheng. Review of State and Society in China's Political Sconomy, by Lynne Rienner.  American Political Science Review, December 1996.

Inflation and Investment Controls in China: The Political Economy of Central-Local Relations During the Reform Era. Huang, Yasheng. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

“Central/Local Relations in China: Economic and Institutional Dimensions.” Huang, Yasheng. World Development Vol. 24, No. 4 (1996): 655-672. (1996)

“Taiwan Made a Wrong Move.” Huang, Yasheng. The Wall Street Journal Asia, March 1996.

“Taiwan Strait Crisis and Sino-U.S. Relations.” Huang, Yasheng. Journal of Asian Business Vol. 12, No. 3 (1996): 87-90. (1996)

“The Statistical Agency in China's Bureaucratic System–with a Comparison to the Former Soviet Union.” Huang, Yasheng. Communist and Post-Communist Studies Vol. 29, No.1 (1996): 59-75. (1996)

“Forces Shaping Sino-US Ties.” Huang, Yasheng. ISEAS Trends of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (1996.) (1996)

“Book Review: Using the Past to Serve the Present.” Huang, Yasheng. Review of Using Our Past to Serve the Present, by Jonathan Unger. The China Quarterly, December 1995.

“Polite politics in Beijing.” Huang, Yasheng. The New York Times, November 1994. (1995)

“Administrative Monitoring in China: Institutions and Processes.” Huang, Yasheng. The China Quarterly Vol. 143 (1995): 828-843. (1995)

“The Strategic Investment Behavior of Chinese Local Governments During the Reform Era.” Huang, Yasheng. China Economic Review Vol. 6, No. 2 (1995): 169-186. (1995)

“China in the New International Political Economy: Perspectives and Problems.” Huang, Yasheng. In United States-Japan Relations and International Institutions After the Cold War, edited by Peter Gourevitch and Takashi Inoguchi. La Jolla, CA: Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego, 1995.

“Why China Will Not Collapse.” Huang, Yasheng. Foreign Policy, January 1995.

“Information, Bureaucracy, and Economic Reforms in China and the Soviet Union.” Huang, Yasheng. World Politics Vol. 47, No.1 (1994): 102-134. (1994)

“Web of Interests and Patterns of Behavior of Chinese Local Economic Bureaucracies and Enterprises During Reforms.” Huang, Yasheng. The China Quarterly Vol. 123 (1990): 431-458. (1990)


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