Organized by Princeton Professor Wei Xiong, Hugh Leander and Mary Trumbull Adams, the Princeton BCF China Initiative aims to promote a better understanding of the Chinese economy and its financial system by facilitating collaboration among faculty and students in Princeton and China.
Despite having the 2nd largest economy in the world, China has a very different institutional structure from most western countries. Princeton economists can substantially benefit from interacting with local scholars and researchers in China, who tend to have better institutional knowledge about the Chinese economy and better access to Chinese economic data. At the same time, local academics can also learn from Princeton economists, who have better understanding of fundamental economics concepts and more rigorous training in modern economic analysis methods.
This initiative tries to bridge these gaps and provide an intellectual interface between researchers in China and top academics at Princeton. It also aims to provide a platform for both graduate and undergraduate students in Princeton to visit China and study China.