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World Bank Chief Economist: Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu LinJustin Yifu Lin is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, a position he has held since June 2008. In his current position, Mr. Lin guides the Bank’s intellectual leadership and plays a key role in shaping the economic research agenda of the institution.

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.

Mr. Lin received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986 and is the author of 18 books, including The China Miracle: Development Strategy and Economic Reform and Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability. He has published more than 100 articles in refereed international journals and collected volumes on history, development, and transition. In 2007, he gave the Marshall Lectures at Cambridge; and in 2011, the Simon Kuznets Lecture at Yale and the UNU Wider Annual Lecture in Mozambique, the first ever to be held in a developing country.
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