Curbing capitalism: How is economic policymaking in China changing?


Kellee Tsai, Albert Park & Xun Wu (HKUST), Ruben Enikolopov (SKOLKOVO)
Thursday 20 January 2022 at 8:00 - 9:30 pm (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)


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Prof Tsai's slides are available here


Launch of the CREC-IEMS Eurasia Business Dialogue

Recent policy and regulatory pronouncements point to significant changes in China’s business and economic landscape.  While the issues that have motivated a more intrusive and interventionist Chinese state – data security and protection, social fairness and “common prosperity”, and excessive borrowing and speculation in real estate – mirror concerns elsewhere, they also raise wider questions about the trajectory of the Chinese economy and its ability to make the transition to a productivity-led, innovation-driven one. A state that encroaches more extensively into the commercial realm and the private sector also challenges conventional notions of the developmental state: that as the economy grows and becomes more complex, the state recedes and the market (and private actors) play an ever-larger role. To what extent do recent regulatory changes and policy pronouncements represent a major shift in China’s economic model, as opposed to a mere refinement? What do they imply for the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in China, much of which was driven by private actors in recent years? And how do these various efforts to curb (the excesses of) capitalism affect China’s near and long-term growth prospects?


Party-State Capitalism in China Prof Kellee TSAI Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science and Chair Professor of Social Science, HKUST

Outlook for China’s Economy and the Common Prosperity Agenda Prof Albert PARK Head and Chair Professor of Economics, Chair Professor of Social Science, and Professor of Public Policy, HKUST (on leave)

China’s regulation of big tech: Implications for innovation and entrepreneurship Prof Xun WU Professor of Public Policy Co-Director, China, Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre, HKUST

Comparative perspectives on China and Russia’s regulation of digital ecosystems

Prof Ruben ENIKOLOPOV Rector of the New Economics School


Prof Donald Low

Director, Institute for Emerging Market Studies, HKUST

About the CREC-IEMS Eurasia Business Dialogue

The China-Russia Eurasian Studies Center (CREC) is a collaborative platform jointly created by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the New Economic School (NES), and the Moscow School of Management-SKOLKOVO to study the economic prospects and links between China, Russia, and the rest of Eurasia. Together with the Institute of Emerging Market Studies (IEMS) at both HKUST and SKOLKOVO, CREC will organize the Eurasia Business Dialogue to discuss how contemporary policy and socioeconomic issues affect the business landscapes of China, Russia and Central Asia. The first of these dialogues will be held on Thursday, 20 January 2022, "Curbing capitalism: How is state capitalism in China changing?”.


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