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Faculty Profile: Gary H Jefferson

Gary H Jefferson

Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance

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

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. His current research focuses on theory relating to technical change and the interaction between labor and physical augmenting change. Jefferson 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.

Yale University, Ph.D.
The London School of Economics, M.S.
Tufts University, M.A.
Dartmouth College, B.A.


Awards & Honors:
  • (2017) "Comparing Innovation Quality in Japan, the U.S., China, and S. Korea"
  • (2015) Jiang Xuemo Visiting Lecturer, Fudan University, June 2014
  • (2014) Best Paper Award, U.K. Chinese Economic Association, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies
  • (2012 - 2016) Dept of Energy grant, "The Channels of Foreign Influence on the Innovation and Diffusion of Technology in China: Implications for Energy Use and Carbon Emissions" (administered trough Penn State
  • (2007) Honorary Professor, Center for Economic Development Research, School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University
  • (2007) Honory Professor, Institute for Economic Development, School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University
  • (1994 - 1995) American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
  • (1994 - 1995) Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowship
  • (1994 - 1995) Henry Luce Foundation United States-China Cooperative Research Program Award
  • (1992) Associate Editor, Journal of Asian Economics
  • (1988 - 1989) American Council of Learned Societies research grant award
  • (1988) Ford Foundation Award for Collaborative Research with Chinese Academy of Social Science
  • (1988) National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scholarly Communication with People's Republic of China
  • (1988) National Science Foundation US-China Cooperative Science Program Award
  • (1986 - 1987) Fulbright Scholarship to China
  • (1966 - 1968) Dartmouth Teaching Fellowship, Chinese University of Hong Kong