Chinese SAES 2014

Although we may be connected to each other on the internet already, going offline can give us so much more! Just as it was two years ago, we have economists and followers of Austrian Economics all over the world coming together at this summit. Here you can make new friends and share your ideas, not to mention the great food and environment.

You won’t want to miss out on this absolutely life-changing event.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Huaqiao – Kunshan

Keynote speech from Mao Yushi

Mao Yushi is the 2012 recipient of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty from the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. The 83-year-old market economist is a trenchant critic of China’s one-party state and an advocate of democracy and human rights. Trained in Shanghai as a railway engineer, he was labeled a rightist and purged repeatedly by the Communist Party. In the 1970s he began studying economics and in 1993 cofounded the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing. Unirule is named for the universal rules that Mao believes underpin a market system. “Everything has its rules,” he says. Last year he stirred fresh controversy with an online essay, “Returning Mao ­Zedong to Human Form.” It argued that Chairman Mao (no relation) committed colossal errors that cost tens of millions of lives. Mao Yushi estimates that China’s per capita GDP halved during Mao’s rule. After the essay appeared ultraleftists besieged his office and petitioned the police to prosecute him. He received threatening phone calls at home, and the essay was later removed from Chinese websites. Read more…

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. Palmer is also the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Dr. Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with The Heritage Foundation. Dr. Ning Wang is Senior Fellow at the Ronald Coase Institute and International Director of the Ronald Coase Center for the Study of the Economy at Zhejiang University Together with Ronald Coase, he wrote “How China Became Capitalist”, which took an in depth look at China’s transition from a centrally-planned to market economy. Feng Xingyuan is a pro-market economist and professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Vice Director of Uniurle Institute of Economics in China. He strongly believes in the merits of the “Invisible Hand” (Adam Smith), “Sympathy” (Adam Smith), “Categorical Imperative” (Kant, similarly in Confucius), “Freedom under Law” (Hayek), a “Competition Order” or “Ordo” (Eucken), “Prosperity through Competition” (Ludwig Erhard). He loves subsidies for himself, but dislikes any welfare state notions. He employs an interdisciplinary approach to economic research. In his profession, Xingyuan authored or co-authored more than a dozen of books, including Local Government Competition in China (2010),Corporate Capital Freedom in China: The 2010 Annual Report (2010), Village Organizations and Village Governance in China (2009), Corporate Capital Freedom in China: The 2009 Annual Report (2009), Corporate Capital Freedom in China (2008), Rural Enterprise Finance and Informal Financial Innovations in China (2006), Implications of Constitution Making: A Study on the European Constitution (2005), The Development and Institutional Change of Rural Finance in China (2005), Lending for Farm Househoulds, TVE Finance and Rural Financial Market (2005), Approaches to Eliminating Regional Disparities in the EU and Germany, China Labor and Social Security Press (2002), and The EMU and the Euro: Historical Development, Current Situation, Perspectives and Experiences for China (1999). Xingyuan does lots of consultancy projects. He does many research and consultancy projects. He implemented projects contracted by EU, WB, IFARD, GTZ(GIZ), FNSt, CASS, NDRC, etc. Mo Zhihong is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Beijing University of Technology. She is also a Research Fellow at the Unirule Institute of Economics and the Jiuding Institute of Public Affairs. She has participated in a number of Austrian Economic and Libertarian events in China, and two of her recent English language publications are: Toward an Integrated Theory of Human Cooperation: An Ongoing Agenda, Public Choice and Decentralized Planning in a Market Economy?On the Nature of Coase’s Research Program, Review of Austrian economics. Simon Lee is Hong Kong’s most vocal classical liberal opinion leaders. He writes everyday for some of the most widely read newspapers in town and he is the host of the highest rating talk-show on the Cable TV network. Simon founded Read Monthly in 2013, a cultural magazine for the free mind and free market. Prior to his business venture in publishing, Simon has extensive experience in media, politics and government relations. He is also one of the co-founders of the Lion Rock Institute. Simon graduates from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Mao Shoulong received his B.A, Master, and Ph.D degrees from Peking University in 1988, 1992 and 1994. After graduation, he joined the faculty of the Department of Public Administration, Renmin University of China and was the Head of the Department. Now he is executive dean of Academy of Public Policy, Rennmin University of China based in Beijing. His research covers good governance, public policy, institutional economics and Austrian economics. Dr. Christopher Lingle earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977. Since then, he has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA. He has been Visiting Professor of Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala since 1998.He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels). Ken Schoolland is currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Schoolland is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, President of ISIL, a Sam Walton Fellow for Students in Free Enterprise, a member of the Board of Scholars for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation. He has authored two books: The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, now published in 45 languages, and Shogun’s Ghost: The Dark Side of Japanese Education, in two languages. Prof. Zhu Haijiu teaches at Zhejiang Gongshang University, located at Hangzhou, China. He is also a research fellow for the Unirule Institute of Economics (Beijing) and the Cathay Institute for Public Affairs (Beijing). He was a speaker at Shanghai Austrian Summer School at 2011 and Shengyang Austrian Summer School at 2010. His research interests focus on Austrian Economics, including entrepreneurship, methodology, business cycle, etc. He has translated several books on Austrian Economics into Chinese, including J. Huerta de Soto’s Socialism, Economic Calculation and Entrepreneurship, Austrian School: Market Order and Entrepreneurship Creativity, The Theory of Dynamic Efficiency, Israel Kirzners’ Ludwig von Mises, and Nicolai Foss’ The Austrian School and Modern Economics. John Hunter spent 25 years in corporate marketing and sales management in well-known organizations such as New York Life, Southland Corporation, Barclay’s, and Hitachi. He also was a marketing director for Shalimar Japan for 9 years, responsible for operations in Japan and Hong Kong. In 2012 Mr. Hunter founded his own consulting and training firm here in Shanghai, and has been serving clients such as Volvo, Swissotel, Phicomm, and Accenture. He also gave presentation skills training for the international representatives at the Shanghai Stock Exchange and was a guest lecturer at the School of Business in Fudan University. Hiroshi Yoshida is an award-winning Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Tax Accountant with a PhD in Policy Studies from Chiba University. He is the President of The Institute of Public Sector Accounting and of The Free Economy Institute and originated the “Taxpayer’s Day” and “Children’s Day” in Japan. He is one of the founding members of Japan for Tax Reform (JTR) and the coordinator of Government Accounting Seminars, attended by more than 9000 people, including 606 officials from various levels of government, who signed the “Tax Protection Pledge.” Dr Yoshida also created the famous Japanese slogan “Kodomo ni tsuke wo mawasanai” meaning “Do Not Push Deficits Onto Children.” This motto can be found on posters and documents around Japan, and increase the public’s overall awareness about public accounting.
Dr. Amos Baranes earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, and is also a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. He worked at PWC as a Senior Economist in the field of Transfer Pricing. At Lexecon Inc., Dr. Baranes developed the practice of Corporate and Asset Valuation. He also founded the company AVNAT Ltd., which provides business intelligence services to financial institutions. Recently, Dr. Baranes established Africa Industrial Business Center (AIBC), which provides consulting services on behalf of the World Bank in the fields of Business Intelligence and Training for Financial Institutions. Currently, he lectures in advanced courses in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Information Technology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, the University of Haifa, and Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Professor Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak is President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development (IFD), which focuses on interdisciplinary future studies contributing to economic, human resource, and national development. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University. He has been an advisor to the Former Prime Minister, the Former Deputy Prime Minister, and the Former Minister of Defence of Thailand. As a businessman, he is Chairman of the Success Group of Companies, a conglomerate of businesses, diversified into such fields of media technology, as broadcasting, publishing, educational multimedia production and distribution, internet web site and domain development, web hosting, web-based applications, systems integration and retail outlets, internet service provision (ISP), hotel booking online, e-commerce, and web portals. He has been an advisor to the Former Prime Minister, the Former Deputy Prime Minister, and the Former Minister of Defence of Thailand. Growing up in Nakuru, Kenya, June Arunga witnessed increasing poverty and the helplessness that accompanied it in an environment where the government was expected to address every social ill. June moved from Nakuru to Nairobi at age 14 and then left Kenya to go to university in the United Kingdom at age 22. June graduated with a law degree from the University of Buckingham in England after studying law initially at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In her quest to answer the question, “Why is Africa so poor?” June engaged with some of Africa’s toughest terrains, journeying through conflict zones in Egypt, Sudan, Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa, in a BBC-produced documentary called The Devil’s Footpath. Her journey culminated in the living room of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, where she candidly posed her question to the leader. As a journalist she has participated in numerous other documentaries, radio and television programmes, including one with former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, where they attempted to expose the roots of Africa’s underdevelopment. However, Arunga has not only concerned herself with asking questions or blaming the government, she has gone on to create solutions.Read more… Barun Mitrais a commentator on current affairs on a range of issues from economic development to conservation of wildlife. His articles have appeared in publications across the world, from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, to The Indian Express, the China Daily and the Sydney Morning Herald. He regularly appears on national television on current affairs. He has attended a number of international events, including the WTO ministerial meetings, UN Framework Convention of Climate Change, World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the World Health Assembly. His current interest is to develop a better understanding of the interface between political context and public policy, in order to make policy proposals politically viable. Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013) and the upcoming book The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain. Wang Qijun is Blockchain’s ambassador in China and lives in Shanghai. She specializes in Bitcoin education and community construction. She has a background in English literature, communications and digital marketing. Qijuns manages grassroots campaigns for Blockchain throughout college campuses and universities all across mainland China. She is the facilitator and go-between of Bitcoiners and people who not yet know about the critical value of Bitcoin. Walter Block (by Skype) is an American Austrian School economist and anarcho-libertarian theorist. He currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the J. A. Butt School of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. A profile of Block on the website of Psychology Today, calls him an “international titan of freedom movements.” He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Rosamaria Bitetti is a researcher in Public Policy Analysis and Political Sociology at Luiss University in Rome, and at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, where she mostly works on how to reduce and improve regulation. She has previously worked with the Italian leading free market think tank, Istituto Bruno Leoni, the World Bank, the Italian Institute for International Relations and the IGIDR in Mumbai. Her interest in development and markets doesn’t came from books, though: grown up in a small town in Southern Italy, she experienced an economy with economic stagnation, and become interested in what leads to rich and prosperous societies. When she was exposed to the Austrian Economic theory and the philosophy of Classical Liberalism, become involved in the free market movement, working in several think tanks in Europe and the United States. In 2008, she has been Charles Koch Fellow, interning at Atlas Economic Research Organization, which gave her the amazing opportunity of meeting intellectual entrepreneurs from all over the world. She is interested in innovation, culture, entrepreneurship and how they shape formal and informal institutions to lead to a better life. Casey Lartigue, Jr., is the Director for International Relations at the Freedom Factory Co. Ltd., a for-profit free-market think tank founded in Seoul, South Korea in 2013. In South Korea, he is the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School for adolescent North Korean refugees, a columnist with the Korea Times, International Adviser to HOPE (Helping Others Prosper Through English), and co-director of the English Matching Program for North Korean Refugees. Read more… Though she lived a rich life by North Korean standards, Yeonmi Park had to escape with her family because of her father’s illegal business activities. She now lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she studies criminal justice at Dongguk University. She is a Media Fellow at Freedom Factory Co. Ltd. and is co-host of the bi-weekly TV podcast “Casey and Yeonmi Show.” In addition, she is a regular guest on a TV variety show, “Now On My Way To Meet You” a television program that attempts to bridge the gap between North and South Koreans. Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. Jose Stelle worked as opinion editor of Brazil’s weekly news magazine Visão, which promoted the economic ideas of the Austrian school, particularly of Hayek, in Brazil. In 1983 he cofounded Rio de Janeiro’s Instituto Liberal, the educational and public-policy-research organization that proposed and promoted the privatization of the government’s massive stake in Brazil’s economy. Dr. Stelle also edited the Portuguese-language version of F.A. Hayek’s main political works.


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