The Becker Friedman Institute hosted a on on November 1 and 2 in Mandel Hall. The event featured several speakers including Becker Friedman director Michael Greenstone and several UChicago economics professors.
speakers included Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and current Distinguished Professor of Finance, Caroline Freund, the World Bank Macroeconomic Trade director, University Pr Robert J. Zimmer, and Wang Yanzhi, executive directorp of the Silk Road Fund.
“It is a particularly special moment for the University to explore issues related to China at a crucial moment when tensions are high and several perspectives on different public policies have been proposed,” Zimmer said at the event.
The first day of the forum focused on China’s economic outlook and discussed diplomacy in an era of trade tensions. One speaker was CNBC contributor Michelle CarusoCabrera who raised questions the increasingly important role of business, trade and sustainability dialogues in shaping interactions between the U.S. and China.
Day two included speeches by Provost and political theorist Daniel Diermeier and Consul General of Chicago Liu Jun. Jun underlined the immense deficit in understanding between the two countries with regard to economic issues.
Along with broadly focusing on sustainable infrastructure development and China’s role in finance growth, the second day probed into geopolitical issues of China’s initiatives. The forum concluded with an evaluation of the current situation in terms of global economic risks.