Dr. Fan Gang is a highly distinguished economist
trained at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, an elite
government think tank overseeing numerous research institutes.
In addition to his duties as a professor of that think tank and
director of the prestigious NERI-China, Fan devotes his
considerable energy to serving as an advisor to the Chinese
government and consultant to a number of international
organizations. Dr. Fan is a prolific author as well, with over
100 academic papers and eight books on macroeconomics and the
economics of transition to his name.
Dr. Fan has been a proponent of using tight monetary policy
coupled with an expansionary macroeconomic policy to stimulate
China's domestic demand. Although critics of the Chinese
government's massive investment in infrastructure construction
maintained that such public spending merely increased
government debt and had so far failed to achieve its purpose,
Dr. Fan recommended patience, pointing out that macroeconomic
policies take time to work and that in the absence of adequate
private investment, the government was obliged to step in until
the market economy became firmly established.
Dr. Fan Gang, having earned his Ph.D. in economics at the
Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, went
on to become an economics professor there. He also rose to the
directorship of the National Economic Research Institute of the
China Reform Foundation. He currently holds both titles.
Dr. Fan has also exercised his academic talents as the
editor-in-chief of the monthly
(Economic Research Journal).
His research having won him international acclaim, Dr. Fan was
invited by Harvard University to be a visiting fellow of its
National Bureau of Economic Research.
Dr. Fan has not restricted his activities to academia, but has
avidly agreed to serve as an advisor to various central and
provincial government departments. In addition, he has been a
consultant to international organizations undertaking economic
endeavors such as the World Bank, the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP), the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
He is frequently cited by Chinese media such as CCTV, BTV, as
well as CNN, New York Times, Financial Time, Wall Street
Journal, Handelsblatt, Nikkei, and other international news
media, and giving lectures and speeches at various
international conferences and seminars.