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The Chinese renewables sectors: A case of wilting greens?

FH Gruen Public Lecture

China is aggressively promoting the development of its renewable energy sector as part of efforts to reduce its carbon imprint, and to support newly emerging industry. The results so far have been mixed. Through an analysis of the solar and wind sectors, this talk examines some of the tensions between energy policy and industrial policy that are hampering the development of a sustainable renewable sector. In key respects, these difficulties are symptomatic of a more general set of problems that China is currently facing that are deeply embedded in its political economy institutions.

Loren Brandt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto specialising in the Chinese economy. He has been at the University of Toronto since 1987. He is also a research fellow at the IZA (The Institute for the Study of Labor) in Bonn, Germany. He has published widely on the Chinese economy in leading economic journals, and has been involved in extensive household and enterprise survey work in both China and Vietnam. He was co-editor and major contributor to China’s Great Economic Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2008), a landmark study that provides an integrated analysis of China’s unexpected economic boom of the past three decades. Professor Brandt was also one of the area editors for Oxford University Press’ five-volume Encyclopedia of Economic History (2003). His current research focuses on issues of industrial upgrading in China, inequality dynamics, and economic growth and structural change.

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Speaker/Host: Research School of Economics, ANU College of Business and Economics
Venue: Arndt Lecture Theatre 1, HW Arndt Building (#25A), Kingsley Street, ANU
Date: Thursday, 12 June 2014
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Enquiries: Martin Richardson on 6125 3582

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