The Ninth Biennial Conference of Hong Kong Economic Association

12 – 13 December, 2016

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR



Keynote Speakers 


Professor Sir James Mirrlees
Master of Morningside College
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

A pioneer in optimal tax theory, Professor Sir James Mirrlees was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1996 in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information. He was knighted in 1997.

After graduating in mathematics from the University of Edinburgh, Professor Mirrlees went to Trinity College, Cambridge, initially to do mathematics; and received his PhD in Economics. From 1968 to 1995 he was Edgeworth Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Nuffield College. From 1995 to 2003, he served as Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge. He has been Distinguished Professor-at-Large at CUHK since 2002. Professor Mirrlees has also held visiting professorships at MIT, UC Berkeley, Yale, Melbourne and Peking University.



Professor Pol Antras
Robert G. Ory Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Professor Pol Antràs is Robert G. Ory Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he served as Director of the International Trade and Organization (ITO) Working Group. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and is a member of CESifo’s Research Network. As of 2015, he is Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, having previously served on the editorial board of the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of International Economics, and the Annual Review of Economics, among other journals. Among other distinctions, he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2007 and the Fundación Banco Herrero Prize in 2009, and he was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2015.

Professor Antràs’ teaching and research fields are international economics and applied theory. His most recent work is focused on the analysis of global value chains and on the interplay between trade, inequality and costly redistribution.

A citizen of Spain, Professor Antràs received his BA and MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Professor Yang Yao
Dean and Professor
National School of Development
Peking University

Professor Yang Yao is a professor at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) and the National School of Development (NSD), Peking University. He currently serves as the director of CCER and the dean of NSD. He is a member of the China Finance 40 Forum. His research interests include economic transition and development in China. He has published more than hundred research papers in international and domestic journals as well as several books on institutional economics and economic development in China. He is also a prolific writer for magazines and newspapers, including the Financial Times and the Project Syndicate.

Professor Yao was awarded the 2008 and 2014 Sun Yefang Award in Economic Science, the 2008 and 2010 Pu Shan Award in International Economics and the 2008 Zhang Peigang Award in Development Economics, and was named the Best Teacher by the Peking University Student Union in 2006.

Professor Yao obtained a BS in geography and a MS in economics both from Peking University, and his PhD in development economics from the department of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.