Unveiling the Asian Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Crawford School of Public Policy | Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Thursday 29 February 2024


Barton Theatre JG Crawford Building and Online Zoom


Professor Jong-Wha Lee


Hong Yu

Online recording of the public lecture

Jong-Wha Lee explores the multifaceted dynamics shaping Asia’s economic and geopolitical landscape, offering a historical perspective on its remarkable growth and the key drivers of its global influence. Lee analyzes the trajectories of major Asian economies and the USA over the next 50 years, assessing the profound impacts of demographic shifts and technological advancements. The lecture examines how Asia can overcome critical challenges to sustain growth and enhance global influence amid rapidly changing economic environments worldwide.

Jong-Wha Lee is Eminent Professor at Korea University. He was formerly the Chief Economist and Director General of the Economics and Research Department at the Asian Development Bank, and an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He also held the position of Senior Adviser for International Economic Affairs to the former President of South Korea and acted as a G20 sherpa. He served as the president of the Korea Economic Association. Prof Lee has made significant contributions to the field of economics, with a particular focus on human capital, growth, international finance, and economic integration. His articles exhibit high international influence and are extensively cited by researchers; Google Scholar records over 48,000 citations. He has received numerous awards, including the Korean National Academy of Sciences Award, Kyung-Ahm Prize, Inchon Award, Cheongram Prize, Maekyung Economist Award, and Dasan Economics Award. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

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