Professor Ligang Song

BA (Renmin), MA (International University of Japan), PhD (ANU)
Professor of Economics, Director, China Economy Program

Ligang Song is Associate Professor in Crawford School of Economics and Government, and Director of China Economy Program at The Australian National University. His research interests include international economics, development economics and policy studies, and the Chinese economy. His main publications include a monograph entitled Changing Global Comparative Advantage: Evidence from Asia and the Pacific, published by Addison-Wesley (1996), a co-authored book entitled Private Enterprise in China, published by Asia Pacific Press (2001), and a co-authored book entitled China’s Ownership Transformation: Process, Outcomes, Prospects, published by the World Bank (2005).  His recent publications include several co-authored journal articles: ‘China as a global manufacturing powerhouse: strategic considerations and structural adjustment’, published in China and World Economy, 18 (1), 2010: 1-32; ‘Will Chinese growth slow after the Lewis turning point?’ published in China Economic Journal, 3 (2), 2010: 211-221; ‘Urbanisation of migrant workers and expansion of domestic demand’, published in Social Sciences in China, 31 (3), 2010: 194-216; ‘Foreign direct investment and environmental pollution in China: a simultaneous equations estimation’, published in Environment and Development Economics, 16, 2010: 71-92.

His current projects include the ARC Linkage project on China’s rapid industrialisation and its increasing demand on mineral resources focusing on the transformation of China’s steel industry (a co-edited book to be published by Edward Elgar), and a co-authored monograph onChina’s Tests of Limits to Growth (to be published by Oxford University Press).  He teaches graduate courses in development economics and the Chinese economy and supervises a number of PhD students in Crawford School. He has been involved in organising the annual China Update conferences at ANU since 1998 and co-editing the China Update book series with ANU E Press since 2002 and jointly with Social Sciences Academy Press of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences since 2007.

Research interests

  • International economics
  • International economic development and policy
  • Institutional economics

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