Rice, Institutions, and the Wealth of Nations: The China Puzzle

Development Studies Seminars 2024 | Rice, Institutions, and the Wealth of Nations: The China Puzzle


Development Studies Seminars 2024

Theme: “Rice, Institutions, and the Wealth of Nations: The China Puzzle”
Presenter: Xinpeng Xu (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Date: February 29, 2024 (Thursday)
Hour: 6 pm – 8 pm (Lisbon time)
Venue: Novo Banco Room, ISEG (Ed. Quelhas, Rua do Quelhas 6, 1200-781, Lisboa, Portugal)
Free admission, in person event. We recommend prior registration on EventBrite, but the capacity of the amphitheater will be filled in order of arrival.

The seminars are an initiative that, since 1991, promotes research carried out in the areas of study of MDCI/ISEG/ULisboa and PDED/ISEG/ULisboa.

More information and the complete programme: https://cesa.rc.iseg.ulisboa.pt/news/development-studies-seminars-will-kick-off-on-february-29-at-iseg-with-a-series-of-10-sessions-of-presentations-by-guest-researchers/


Why are some countries so rich while others so poor? I argue that thousands of years of farming practice has independent and long-lasting effect on the wealth of nations today. For the whole world sample, I show that rice farming is negatively associated with economic development, independent of the effects of geography and institution. However, the case of China presents a puzzle. Empirical results using disaggregated county-level data suggest a different pattern. I discuss the potential channels of the long-lasting effect, the China puzzle and implications for China’s long-term growth.


Dr. Xinpeng Xu, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

Professor Xinpeng XU is Professor of Economics at Faculty of Business, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Professor Xu was Visiting Professor to many leading universities in the world and was invited to give Public Lecture at Peking University in China, Charles University (Czech) and the Jagiellonian University (Poland), among others. He is the recipient of Hong Kong Research Grant Council’s competitive research grants. He received Faculty Prize for Outstanding Performance in Teaching at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has many years’ experience in teaching at the level of MBA, EMBA, DBA and Doctor of Management in both Mainland China and Hong Kong. Prof. Xu has published many papers in reputable international refereed journals. Professor Xu served as a consultant to international organizations such as OECD and APEC. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University, Australia.


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