Yang Yao

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia

Areas of expertise: Asia, Global Economy


Dr. Yang Yao is dean of the National School of Development and director of the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. His research interests include economic transition and development in China. He has published dozens of 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. Yao obtained a bachelor’s in geography in 1986 and a master’s in economics in 1989, both from Peking University. He earned his doctorate in development economics from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. Dr. Yao’s prolific work has earned him numerous awards, including 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. He is a member of the China Finance 40 Forum and was the 2015 Dr. Scholl Foundation Visiting Fellow on US-China Relations at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.