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  • 2014-05-21


    If youre a masters or Ph.D. student conducting social science research on China for your thesis or dissertation, at some point you might find yourself in China for fieldwork. Having recently spent a year in China for my own dissertation fieldwork, here are some suggestions for a successful (or at least not overwhelmingly painful) fieldwork experience in China.
  • 2014-05-06

    In economics the impossible trinity describes how governments can set only two of three macroeconomic policy variables despite that are each otherwise independently desirable. Those three variables are a fixed exchange rates, independent monetary policy and free movement of capital.
  • 2014-04-17


    Pollution, congestion, population density and sky-high housing costs are among factors inspiring an emerging joint development plan for neighbouring Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province. This would involve relocation of some activities from Beijing to surrounding areas. A recent China Daily article, ‘Move colleges out of capital”, suggests this might include relocation of some universities. Here we take a leap forward, and ponder if Hebei might even be earmarked to become Cambridgeshire 3.0.
  • 2014-04-08


    China’s economy is increasingly being steered away from low-tech manufacturing and rather toward high-tech and talent rich economic drivers.  China’s universities – the producers of the majority of China’s educated talent pool – are thus of rising in importance, inside and also outside of China. Despite this, only Peking and Tsinghua universities are international academic brands.
  • 2014-03-26


    Chinese President Xi has begun a European tour to take in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and the European Union. His trip coincides with the release of 2013 data revealing that China has shot ahead of Germany for the first time in terms of patent filings.