Professor Lawrence J. LAU
Professor Lawrence J. Lau received his B.S. degree (with Great Distinction) in Physics (also fulfilling all requirements for a major in Economics) from Stanford University in 1964 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and 1969 respectively. He joined the faculty of the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 1966, becoming Professor of Economics in 1976 and the first Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development at Stanford University in 1992. From 1992 to 1996, he served as a Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, and from 1997 to 1999, as the Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He became Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development, Emeritus, at Stanford University upon his retirement in 2006. From 2004 to 2010, Professor Lau served as Vice-Chancellor (President) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2010, he was appointed Chairman of CIC International (Hong Kong) Co., Limited and serves concurrently as Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Professor Lau specialises in economic development, economic growth, and the economies of East Asia, including that of China. In 1966, he developed the first econometric model of China. He has authored, co-authored, or edited six books and published more than 170 articles and notes in international professional journals.
He is a Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, an Academician of Academia Sinica, Taipei, a Member of the Conference for Research in Income and Wealth, an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, the University of Cambridge, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. Professor Lau was awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999, the degrees of Doctor, honoris causa, by Soka University and Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by Waseda University in 2007, the degree of Doctor of Management Sciences, honoris causa, by the National Central University, Taiwan, in 2010 and the degree of Doctor of Economics, honoris causa, by Fudan University, China, in 2011.
Professor Lau is a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a Vice-Chairman of its Subcommittee of Population, Resources and Environment. He currently serves as an Executive Vice-Chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a Vice-Chairman of the China Science Center of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, a Vice-President of the China Society for Finance and Banking, an Adviser to the National Bureau of Statistics of the People’s Republic of China, a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank, Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Taipei. He also serves as non-executive Vice Chairman of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, Hong Kong, an independent non-executive Director of CNOOC Limited, Hong Kong, a non-executive Director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, Shanghai and an independent Director of Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd., Taipei.