Institution(s): School of Economics and Finance, Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy

Date: May 25, 2001 (Friday)

Time: 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Medium: English

Fee: Free of Charge


Asia's economic future depends on its capacity to innovate and to bring those innovations to the market. While a few countries in Asia have become dynamic innovators, most others still rely almost exclusively on importing technologies from abroad. This lecture will both examine Asia's potential for science-based innovation and describe the kinds of institutional changes in Asia that could yield much greater scientific and technological advancement in the region.

Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the Center for International Development, the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University, former Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an economic advisor to several governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa and Asia. He was cited in The New York Times Magazine as "probably the most important economist in the world" and in a Time Magazine issue on 50 promising young leaders as "the world's best-known economist". A recipient of many awards and honors, he is the author of more than a hundred scholarly articles and books, including Macroeconomics in the Global Economy (co-author) and Poland's Jump to the Market Economy. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively. He joined the Harvard faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1980, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and Full Professor in 1983.


Prof. Y.C. Richard Wong and Prof. Sachs with our VIP guests.
Prof. Sachs answering questions from the audience.