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ANU China Economy Program presents

2017 China Update book launch



20th July 2017


Common Room, University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU


Professor Ross Garnaut, The University of Melbourne
Professor Helen Sullivan, Crawford School, ANU
Mr Bert Hofman, World Bank
Professor Xiaobo Zhang, Peking University



On Thursday 20 July at University House, ANU, the China Economy Program will launch the 2017 China Update Book – China’s new sources of economic growth: human capital, innovation and technological change edited by Ross Garnaut, Ligang Song, Cai Fang and Lauren Johnston. The book is published by ANU Press with the Chinese Social Sciences Academic Press publishing the Chinese language version. This year’s book features contributions from the world’s leading academics, policymakers and government representatives who discuss the latest research on the Chinese economy. Over the years, the China Update book has become Australia’s premier publication for in-depth discussion and analysis of the Chinese economy.

China’s efforts in searching for new sources of growth are increasingly pressing given the persistence of the growth slowdown in recent years. This year’s book elucidates key present macroeconomic challenges facing China’s economy in 2017, and the impacts and readiness of human capital, innovation and technological change in affecting the development of China’s economy. The book explores the development of human capital as the foundations of China’s push into more advanced growth frontiers.

It also explores the progress of productivity improvement in becoming the primary mechanism by which China can sustain economic growth, and explains the importance of China’s human capital investments to success on this front. The book demonstrates that technical change is a major contributor to productivity growth; and the invention and innovation are increasingly driving technical change but so far lumpily across regions, sectors and invention motivations. Included are chapters providing an update on reform and macroeconomic development, educational inequality, the role of intangibles in determining China’s economic growth, and China’s progress in transitioning towards being an innovative country.

The book also covers the regional dimension of innovation, technological progress by sector: in agricultural productivity, renewable energy, and financial markets. Chapters on trade, investment, regional cooperation and foreign aid explore further the mechanisms through which technological change and innovative activities are emerging locally and internationally.

This will be an opportunity for the 2017 contributors, government representatives from Canberra and Beijing, academics, students, and corporate sector representatives to meet and talk in a social setting. A keynote address on China’s transition to an innovative economy will be provided by Professor Xiaobo Zhang from the National School of Development at Peking University.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Book launch program

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