[CANCELLED] The Rise of Digital China


[Update on 2019.11.14]  In light of recent situations, the event is postponed to a later date which will be announced on this webpage.  Sorry for the inconvenience caused.  


As China contests for global leadership in technology and innovation, its 1.4 billion people are experiencing a rapid transformation of daily life thanks to digital and mobile technology.

At this Emerging Markets Insight Series talk, Albert Park (HKUST) will discuss findings from recent IEMS research on the penetration of digitization into different dimensions of the lives of China's urban citizens, and how cities differ in the degree of digitalization. He will assess the implications of the rise of digitization for businesses and policy-makers. 

The rise of digital China also brings new risks and vulnerabilities. Although digital financial markets can improve financial intermediation and provide opportunities for high-return investments, many individuals underestimate risks and have lost their lifetime savings to online peer-to-peer lending scams.  Sunny Huang (HKUST) will discuss how regulations about information disclosure need to strike a balance between supporting financial innovation and reducing fraud. 


This event is part of the HKUST IEMS & IPP - EY Emerging Market Insights Series.  Check out the previous event in the series Innovation and Collaboration – Role and opportunities for Hong Kong in the Greater Bay Area .

About the Speakers

Albert Park is Director of HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Chair Professor of Economics, Social Science and Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a development and labor economist who is an expert on China’s economic development. In recent years he has published articles in leading economics journals on firm performance, poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, and the economics of aging in China.  Prof. Park has co-directed numerous survey research projects in China; currently he is PI for a new firm-worker survey in the Pearl River Delta, PI for the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a longitudinal study of rural youth, and co-PI for the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and Oxford University, and has consulted frequently for the World Bank. [More...]


Sunny Huang is Assistant Professor of Economics at HKUST.  His research areas are Industrial Organization and applied Microeconomics. The theme of his research is combining economic model and structural econometrics to study policy-oriented topics. His current research projects tackle problems in procurement, public resource allocation, corruption, and market design. [More..] 


Notes to Participants

Light refreshments and beverages will be served to registerants only, from 12:15pm - 12:30pm on a first come first serve basis.   

This event supports the USTFood initiative. Find out more here.

Get updates from HKUST IEMS