Faculty & Research
Faculty & Research
Professor of Economics;
Santander Chair in Economics;
Director of EMBA Programme, CEIBS
Zhu Tian is Professor of Economics, Santander Chair in Economics, Associate Dean and Director of EMBA Program at CEIBS. He was the Department Chair of Economics and Decision Science between 2011 and 2016. Before joining CEIBS in 2005, Professor Zhu taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for ten years. From 1994 to 1995, prior to his academic career, Professor Zhu worked as an Industry Analyst for the First Chicago Bank in the United States. Educated in China and the US, he received his BSc, MA, and PhD degrees from Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Northwestern University, respectively.
Professor Zhu is an expert on the Chinese economy and the author of Catching Up to America: Culture, Institutions, and the Rise of China (Cambridge University Press, 2021). His research articles in recent years have appeared in China Economic Review, Comparative Economic Studies, Economics of Transition, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Financial Intermediation. In 2017, he received a best article award, the Bergson Prize from the Association for Comparative Economic Studies. In addition to his academic research, Professor Zhu has written many op-ed articles for the Chinese and international press and online media including China Daily, Financial Times, Forbes, Guancha, The Economic Observer, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a recipient of the CEIBS Teaching Excellence Award.
- 1995 PhD in Economics, Northwestern University, USA
- 1989 MA in Economics, Peking University, China
- 1986 BSc in Management Information System, Tsinghua University, China
- Theory of the Firm
- Culture and Economic Development
- Chinese Economy
- Managerial Economics
- Chinese Economy
2023-03-23 Can China return to rapid growth in the post-pandemic world?
2023-01-31 China’s economy looks set for a healthy recovery in 2023, CEIBS Professor of Economics Zhu Tian tells Globe and Mail
2022-08-18 Can the digital economy sustain China’s growth under pressure?
2022-07-09 Brazil’s biggest newspaper O Globo quotes Prof Zhu Tian on the knock-on effects of China’s COVID policy on the world economy
2022-02-14 Aligning with high-level global trade rules
2022-01-13 RCEP takes effect! What benefits will it bring to China?
2022-01-05 China in for a year of growth if covid stays under control, Professor Zhu Tian tells Globe and Mail
2021-12-22 How are Chinese companies going global?
2021-12-22 Professor Zhu Tian quoted by Bloomberg on China’s crackdown on tax-dodging influencers
2021-12-10 Prof Zhu Tian tells China Daily opening up policies a key factor in China's economic rise
2021-10-24 Wall Street's long-standing economic relationswith China only go so far, Professor Zhu Tian tells South China Morning Post
2021-10-18 Evergrande financial issue will not have huge impact on China's economy, Prof Zhu Tian tells CNBC in TV interview
2021-10-01 Wall Street's long-standing economic relations with China only go so far, Professor Zhu Tian tellsSouth China Morning Post
2020-11-05 If exports shrink, what will drive China’s growth?
2020-11-02 Prof Zhu Tian says China International Import Expo is sign of normalization
2020-08-11 China’s ability to consume will boost economic virus recovery
2020-05-20 Bloomberg: Prof Zhu Tian discusses financing of China’s tech push
2020-05-12 Handelsblatt: Prof Zhu Tian discusses EU’s desire to see equality between private and public sector in China (in German)
2020-04-17 China Daily: Prof Zhu Tian says state-owned banks have played a key role in getting China’s economy moving again post-COVID-19
2020-03-22 El Pais: Prof Zhu Tian interviewed on the impact of the coronavirus on the labour market (in Spanish)
2020-02-06 SRF: Prof Zhu Tian discusses the impact of the coronavirus on the Chinese economy (in German)
2020-01-07 Professor Zhu Tian on the keys to China's economic development in the coming decade
2019-12-20 Will China’s Economy Maintain Its Medium-to-High-Speed Growth in the Next Decade?
2019-11-08 CEIBS Professor of Economics Zhu Tian discusses the prospects of China producing a Nobel Prize winner