How has China grown so fast for so long despite extensive corruption? In China's Gilded Age, Yuen Yuen Ang argues that although all corruption is harmful, it does not always hurt growth. Different forms of corruption have disparate impact; certain types actually stimulate investment and development while simultaneously posing serious risks for economic and political systems. Using a range of sources, Dr. Ang explains the evolution of Chinese corruption, how it differs from that of the West and other developing countries, and how President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign could affect growth and governance.

Join the National Committee on September 30 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a virtual program with Professor Yuen Yuen Ang.


Yuen Yuen Ang is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan. Her first book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016), won awards for its “game changing” and “field shifting" research. In July 2020, she released her second book, China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom & Vast Corruption, which has been featured in The Economist, The Wire China and The Diplomat. She also writes for Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets. She is the inaugural recipient of the Theda Skocpol Prize awarded by the American Political Science Association for “impactful empirical, theoretical and/or methodological contributions to the study of comparative politics.”
Dr. Ang received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College and her doctorate, also in political science, from Stanford University. She is a fellow of the National Committee’s Public Intellectuals Program.


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