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 deputy dean of NSD in...
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 deputy dean of NSD in charge of academic affairs and the editor of the center’s house journal China Economic Quarterly. His research interests include economic transition and development in China. He has published many papers in international and domestic journals as well as several sole authored and coauthored books on institutional economics and economic development in China including CSR and Competitiveness in China (co-author, Foreign Languages Press, 2009), Economic Reform and Institutional Innovation (Gale Asia/Cengage Learning, 2009), and China’s Economic Reform and Growth (co-editor, Routledge, 2010). He is also a prolific writer for magazines and newspapers including Foreign Affairs and The Financial Times. In addition to his position in CCER, he has been a visiting professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, International University of Japan, Stanford University, Cornell University, and New York University.
He serves as an associate editor for Agricultural Economics and World Development. He is a member of the Peking University Academic Committee in Social Sciences, and also a member of the China Finance 40 Forum.
He was awarded the 2009 Sun Yefang Economics Award --- the highest economics award in China, the 2008 and 2010 Pu Shan Award in International Economics, and the 2008 Zhang Peigang Award in Development Economics. He was awarded the title of Best Teacher by the Peking University Student Union in 2006 and was named a Young Leader by the Nanfang People Weekly in 2008.
Dr. Yao obtained his B.S. of geography in 1986 and M.S. of economics in 1989, both from Peking University, and his Ph.D. in development economics from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.