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China Task Force Meeting, New York City 2007

February 7, 2007

Columbia University   New York, New York, United States

This discussion served as a follow-up to our summer's meeting on "Institutional Design for China's Evolving Market Economy." Columbia University's Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) and Committee on Global Thought met in Manchester in a joint undertaking with Tsinghua University, Peking University, and the University of Manchester to discuss possibilities for the formation of a task force on China's institutional design.

China is now entering a critical phase in its move to a market economy, one that is distinctly Chinese. Ongoing debates, and discussions over the next few years, will have a major effect on the kind of market economy into which China will evolve. This provides a unique opportunity to think about differences in institutional arrangements and their consequences--and what would normally be an academic exercise could turn out to have enormous import for a quarter of the world's population.

In February 2007, a core group discussed foundational issues, property rights, and competition law / intellectual property rights, and hope that the group will be able to identify lessons from China that are relevant for other developing countries.

We hope that the papers and commentaries that come out of this project will be published in Chinese and in English, as one in the Initiative for Policy Dialogue book series published by Oxford and Columbia University Presses.

  • Patrick Bolton
    Task Force Member
    Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business
    Columbia University Business School
  • Zhiyuan Cui
    Task Force Member
    Professor, Public Policy and Management
    Tsinghua University
  • Mo Ji
    Task Force Member
    PhD Candidate
    Columbia University
  • David Kennedy
    Task Force Chair
    Professor
    Harvard Law School
  • Benjamin Liebman
    Task Force Member
    Associate Professor
    Columbia University School of Law
  • Justin Y. Lin
    Task Force Member
    Former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics
    The World Bank
  • Curtis Milhaupt
    Task Force Member
    Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions
    Columbia University School of Law
  • Akbar Noman
    Task Force Member
    Senior Policy Fellow
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Katharina Pistor
    Task Force Member
    Associate Professor, School of Law
    Columbia University
  • Joseph Stiglitz
    Task Force Chair
    Co-President
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Lan Xue
    Task Force Member
    Dean of School of Public Policy and Management
    Tsinghua University