Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance


Ph.D., Yale University

Field of Specialty

Chinese Economy, Economic Development and Growth, Innovation and Technical Change,

Contact Information

Lemberg Academic Center 128B

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Gary H Jefferson

A specialist in the Chinese economy, Gary Jefferson's research interests include economic development and the economics of innovation with special focus on the economy of China. Jefferson has published extensively, often with research colleagues in China, on topics including industrial productivity growth, enterprise restructuring, R&D and patenting, FDI spillovers, and China's research institute sector. He is a current or recent editor and advisor to several journals, including Chinese Economic Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, Comparative Economic Studies, Fudan University Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Jefferson, Gary H, ed. "State-Owned Enterprise in China: The Casualty of China's Economic Transformation". Washington, DC: Sage Publishing, 2017. (forthcoming)

Jefferson, Gary H. ""Factors influencing energy intensity in four Chinese industries"." Energy Journal 37. Special China Issue (2016): 1-27. (forthcoming)

Gary H. Jeffeson (with Jun Zhang). "The Future Trajectory of China’s Political Reform: A Property Rights Interpretation." Unfinished Reforms in the Chinese Economy. first ed. vol. 1 Ed. Jun Zhang. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2014 (forthcoming)

Jefferson, Gary H. ""China's New Lost Generation:The Casualty of China's Economic Transformation"." Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 14. 4 (2017): 309-328.

Jefferson, Gary H. ""Growth Theory and Growth Accounting: Reformulating Our Understanding of Growth"." June 2, 2016.

Jefferson, Gary H/Dan Tortorice/Jiang Renai. ""Restructuring China's research institutes: Impacts on China's research orientation and productivity"." Economics of Transition 24. 1 (2016): 163-208.

Jefferson, Gary H (Ouyang Miao). ""FDI Spillovers in China: Why Do the Research Findings Differ So Much,"." Journal of Chinese Economics and Business 12. 1 (2015): 28.

Jefferson, Gary H. ""How Has China's Economic Emergence Contributed to the Field of Economics?"." Comparative Economic Studies. Ed. Josef Brada. 2015.

Belton Fleisher (summarizes and review the conference presentation of G. Jefferson). ""Symposium on China's Economy and Governance"." China Economic Review 31. (2014): 361-364.

Gary H. Jefferson (Luosha Du and Ann Harrison). ""FDI Spillovers and Industrial Policy: The Role of Tariffs and Tax Holidays"." World Development 64. (2014): 18.

Jefferson, Gary H (with Ouyang Miao, current PhD student). "“FDI Spillovers in China: Why Do the Research Findings Differ So Much?,” 2014. (with Ouyang Miao, current PhD student), Journal of Chinese Economics and Business, 12 (1), 1-27.." Journal of Chinese Economics and Business 12. 1 (2014): 1027.

Jefferson, Gary H (with Paul Deng). ""Explaining Spatial Convergence of China's Industrial Productivity"." Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 73. 6 (2012): 818-832.

Jefferson, Gary H (with Albert Hu). "A Great Wall of Patents: What is Behind China's Recent Patent Explosion?." Journal of Development Economics forthcoming. (2008).

Jefferson, Gary H (with Albert Hu). "Patenting in China." China and the World Economy: Consequences and Challenges. Ed. David Greenaway, Chris Milner and Shujie Yao. Palgrave MacMillan, 2008

Jefferson, Gary H (with B.W. Cheng, Jian Su, Paul Deng, H.Y. Qin, and Z.H. Xuan). "Restructuring China's Research Institutes." Greater China's Quest for Innovation. Ed. Henry Rowan, Marguerite Hancock, and William Miller. Shorenstein APARC and Brookings Institution Press, 2008

Jefferson, Gary H (with Karen Fisher-Vanden). "Technology Diversity and Development"Evidence from China's Industrial Enterprises." Journal of Comparative Economics 36. 4 (2008): 658-672.

Jefferson, Gary H and Albert Hu. "Science and Technology in China." China' Great Economic Transformation. Ed. L. Brandt and T. Rawski. New York City: Cambridge University Press, 2008

Jefferson, Gary H, Thomas Rawski, Yifan Zhang. "Productivity Growth and Convergence Across China's Industrial Economy." Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies 6. 2 (2008): 121-140.

Jefferson, Gary H. "China's convergence imperative: growing income equality as a precondition for sustained economic growth." Crossing the River by Grasping the Stones: Thirty Years of Economic Reforms. Ed. A. Sweetman and J. Zhang. McGill-Queens University Press, 2008

Jefferson, Gary H. "How has China's economic emergence contributed to the field of economics? (50th Anniversary Essay)." Comparative Economic Studies (Celebrating 50 Years) 50. 2 (2008): 167-209.

Jefferson, Gary H, Jian Gao. "Science and Technology Takeoff in China? Sources of Rising R&D Intensity." Asia Pacific Business Review 13. 3, Special Issue: Global R&D in China (2007): 357-372..

Jefferson, Gary H, Jian Su. "Privatization and Restructuring in China: Evidence from Shareholding Ownership, 1995-2001." Journal of Comparative Economics 34. (2007): 146-166.

Jefferson, Gary H. "The Impact of Foreign Investment on China¿s Industrial Innovation,." Global Capitalism Unbound: Winners and Losers from Offshore Outsourcing. Ed. Eva Paus. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

Jefferson, Gary H, Albert Hu, Jian Su. "The sources and sustainability of China's economic growth." Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 2. (2006): 1-60.

Jefferson, Gary H, co-ed. I Singh. Entrerprise Reform in China: Ownership, Transition, and Performance. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Courses Taught

ECON 30a The Economy of China
ECON 141b Economics of Innovation
ECON 252f The Economy of China
ECON 370a Development Economics