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Barry Eichengreen on the Rise and Fall of Global Currencies

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at Berkeley (not to mention one of my favorite authors of accessible yet profound global economics books) recently published his How Global Currencies Work: Past, Present, and Future. We talk about the rise of the US Dollar and how its transition to global leader was slower and more gradual than many have thought. We then turn to the Yuan and the challenges it faces as the government pushes the currency's internationalization.

Duration: 00:25:47

Ex-Head of Mobile at Mobike Max Zhou on Dockless Bikeshares in China

Max Zhou 周喆吾 is an Uber alum who until November of 2017 was the head of Mobile at Mobike. He is currently working as the co-founder of Meta App. Max talks about his story coming to the US for an advanced degree, his experience at Uber, why Travis Kalanick is really a Chinese entrepreneur at heart, and his take on China's 'Uber Mafia.' He then turns to Mobike and Ofo, speaking to the potential monetization pathways for the firms, their global expansion plans, their strategic investors'...

Duration: 00:37:13

Keller Easterling on Free Zones and the Origins and Global Impact of SEZs

Keller Easterling, architect and professor at Yale, discusses her research on free zones (aka Special Economic Zones). We start by discussing the history of free zones and whether the Chinese success stories of SEZs such as Shenzhen drove their proliferation around the world. We also discuss a few more next-generation free zone proposals such as the NEOM project in Saudi Arabia and Refugee Cities.

Duration: 00:40:51

Peter Lorentzen on the Politics of Protest in China

Peter Lorentzen, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco, talks protests and provincial politics. We start by discussing 'Designing Contentious Politics in Post-1989 China,' which uses game theory to analyze and explain how the CCP responds to on-the-ground protests. Next, we take on his 'Racing to the Bottom or to the Top? Decentralization, Revenue Pressures, and Governance Reform in China' and explore what actually drives municipal responses to orders from on high....

Duration: 00:47:44

Matt Sheehan on 'Chinafornia'

Matt Sheehan is a fellow at the Paulson Institute and writes his own newsletter, 'Chinafornia'. We discussed the evolving relationship between China and Silicon Valley, their cultural differences and commonalities and, of course, the state of Chinese rap music. Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear Matt's favorite Chinese rap song in full.

Duration: 00:36:45

Julian Gewirtz on Unlikely Partners: Western Economists and Reform and Opening

Julian Gewritz is currently a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of "Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China." In it, he argues that "western economists played a crucial role in shaping the ideas and strategies of key CCP economists and policymakers. Without their participation, China would not have reformed as quickly, innovatively, and successfully." In this discussion, we focus on the critical 1985 Bashan Conference and the...

Duration: 00:32:13

The Book of Swindles: Cons from the Late Ming Dynasty

In Zhang Yingyu’s work from the late Ming Dynasty, you’ll encounter swindling concubines, clever commoners, and even eunuch cannibals trying to regrow their members. “We live in an age of deception. Words and appearances mislead. Con artists prey on the unwary. In this world of swindlers, one must rely on one’s wits to survive. How, then, to guard against the duplicity that lurks behind every smiling face? Look to your kin, keep your possessions close, and trust no one. But first, read The...

Duration: 00:42:37

Cynthia Estlund on Labor in China

China’s massive labor surplus has been vital to its rapid economic development. For decades, China’s rural population has been migrating to take up low-wage jobs in the coastal regions, often in dire conditions. The exploitation of cheap labor has helped China become the world’s factory. However, as China’s labor surplus is running out, the position of workers is changing. In A New Deal for China’s Workers, New York University’s Cynthia Estlund examines the evolution of workers’ rights and...

Duration: 00:47:16

Andrew Polk on the 19th Party Congress

Andrew Polk on the 19th Party Congress by By Jordan Schneider

Duration: 00:28:00

Scott Kennedy on Innovation in China

Scott Kennedy on Innovation in China by By Jordan Schneider

Duration: 00:21:39