• Chong-En Bai
    Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor, Department of Economics; Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

    Chong-En Bai is Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor, Dean of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University. He is also the Director of the National Institute for Fiscal Studies of Tsinghua University. He earned his Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and Economics from UCSD and Harvard University, respectively. His research areas include Institutional Economics, Economic Growth and Development, Public Economics, Finance, Corporate Governance and Chinese Economy.

    Research on the impact of institutional environment on the development of the service sector won the Inaugural Pu Shan-Bank of China best paper award given by China Society of World Economics in 2008. Research on the return to investment won the Sun Yefang Best Economics Paper Award in 2009. Study on the model of national income distribution and its reform was funded by the National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Sciences Major Grant. Research on the national income distribution won the Zhang Pei-Gang Award for Outstanding Achievements in Development Economics in 2012. Study on the challenges to and the measures for the development of the service sector in China won the second Prize for Excellent Research in Humanities and Social Sciences in the Category of Research Report in Economics, awarded by the Ministry of Education of China. Study on the relation between health insurance and consumption won the second Prize for Excellent Research in Humanities and Social Sciences in the Category of Research Paper, awarded by the Ministry of Education of China. Research on explaining China’s economic slowdown in the wake of the global financial crisis from the perspective of productivity won the Sun Yefang Best Economics Paper Award in 2016.

    Professor Bai is a member of the executive committee of International Economic Association, and of the Scientific Council of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of a few top economic journals in China. He also served on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Economics from 2004 to 2006 and of The World Bank Economic Review from 2006 to 2008 as well as from 2011 to 2013.

    Professor Bai is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the “14th Five-Year Plan” National Development Planning Expert Committee, the Chinese Economists 50 Forum, the China Finance 40 Forum, and Chinainfo 100. He was a member of the monetary policy committee of the People’s Bank of China from 2015 to 2018. He served as Adjunct Vice-President of Beijing State-Owned Assets Management Co., Ltd. from August 2011 to December 2012. He was a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution from 2006 to 2007.

    Michael Greenstone
    Director, EPIC; Director, Becker Friedman Institute; Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

    Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, the College and the Harris School, as well as the Director of the Becker Friedman Institute and the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he co-led the development of the United States Government’s social cost of carbon. Greenstone also directed The Hamilton Project, which studies policies to promote economic growth, and has since joined its Advisory Council. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a former editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT.

    Greenstone’s research, which has influenced policy globally, is largely focused on uncovering the benefits and costs of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. His current work is particularly focused on testing innovative ways to increase energy access and improve the efficiency of environmental regulations around the world. Additionally, he is producing empirically grounded estimates of the local and global impacts of climate change as a co-director of the Climate Impact Lab. He also created the Air Quality Life Index™ that provides a measure of the gain in life expectancy communities would experience if their particulates air pollution concentrations are brought into compliance with global or national standards.

    Greenstone received a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.

    Zhiguo He
    Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; Director, BFI-China

    Zhiguo He is interested in the implications of agency frictions and debt maturities in financial markets and macroeconomics with a special focus on contract theory and banking. His recent research focuses on the role of financial institutions in the 2007/08 global financial crisis. He is also actively conducting academic research on Chinese financial markets that have been undergoing rapid development, including the stock market, local government debt, shadow banking, and interbank markets together with recent regulation changes; in relation to this research, he teaches a newly created elective MBA course, “Chinese Economy and Financial Markets.” Besides research in Chinese financial markets, he has also been writing academic articles on new progress in the area of cryptocurrency and blockchains. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He has been an associate editor for the Review of Financial Studies and Management Science and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance.

    Professor He received his bachelor and master degrees from the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University before receiving his PhD from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2008. He has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has won numerous awards for his outstanding scholastic record, including the Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance in 2007, the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award in 2012, the Smith-Breeden First Prize in 2012, and the Brattle Group First Prize in 2014. In autumn 2015 he was the dean’s distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business and in winter 2020 he will be a visiting professor of finance at Yale University, School of Management. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he worked as a stock analyst at the China International Capital Corporation in Beijing in 2001 and visited the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doctoral fellow.

    Yi Lu
    Professor of Economics, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management
  • Futing Chen
    Research Professional
    Yiren Ding
    Research Professional
    Wei Wei
    Senior Research Professional