Professor Y.C. Richard Wong


Yue Chim Richard Wong (AB, AM, PhD in Economics, Chicago) is Professor of Economics and Chair of Economics at The University of Hong Kong, and was Founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. He was a Visiting Scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford University (1989), Senior Fellow, National Center for Economic Research, Tsinghua University (1996-), and Distinguished Fulbright Scholar (2011).

His research includes housing, household economics, labor markets, and regional economic development in China. He has led pioneering efforts in studying regional economic development in the Pearl River Delta and Yangzi River Delta regions. His current research is on inequality and intergenerational mobility in Hong Kong. He founded in 1987 and 1999, respectively, the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy, University of Hong Kong.

His published books include The Fifth Dragon: Emergence of the Pearl River Delta (1995) (co-author), Port Facilities and Container Handling Services (1997) (Co-author), On Privatizing Public Housing (1998), Retaking Economic Center Stage – Integration and Transformation of the Yangzi River Delta Economic Region (2007) (co-author) (Chinese), Diversity and Occasional Anarchy: On Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong (2013), Has Hong Kong Lost Its Magic? (2013) (Chinese), Chicago School of Economics and the Market Social Order (2014) (Chinese), Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People: Fixing the Failures of Our Housing Policy (2015) and Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong (2017).

He had served on a number of public bodies in Hong Kong, including the Economic Advisory Committee, Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, Housing Authority, Hospital Authority, University Grants Committee, and the Chief Executive’s Commission on Innovation and Technology. Wong was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 1999 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of his contributions to education, housing, and industry and technology development and appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2000. He was Chairman of the Council of the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago.

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