LESSONS FROM THE DRAGON: WHAT THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM CHINA

Ann Lee, Senior Fellow, Demos, and Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics, New York University

Ann LeeThe International Monetary Fund predicts China’s economy will surpass that of the United States in terms of purchasing power parity by 2016. Nevertheless, Ann Lee argues we shouldn’t fear the rising dragon, but instead look to what China is doing right and emulate those policies to enhance our own competitiveness. While China's shortcomings—especially in the area of human rights—remain pronounced, its investments made in education and the economic reforms of the past decades are delivering dividends. Join us as Lee discusses lessons the United States can learn from China and myths we need to overcome about the Asian superpower.

Ann Lee is an adjunct professor of finance and economics at New York University and a senior fellow at Demos. She is a former visiting professor at Peking University. During her time teaching in Beijing, Lee acted as an economic advisor to Chinese officials, as well as several large Chinese asset management firms. A former investment banker and hedge fund partner, she has appeared on Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NPR. Her writing has been published in such publications as the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Businessweek, Forbes, and Worth. A Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, Lee received her B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Her new book, What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM

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