Workshop & Training

Workshop on Structural Transformation

15 Jul 2016 - 17 Jul 2016 Beijing, The People's Republic of China

The three-day workshop convened more than 20 renowned economists and experts contributing to the the planned “Oxford Handbook of Structural Transformation“. Participants discussed theories, patterns, strategies, and country experiences related to structural transformation.  The workshop was opened by Amy Leung, Deputy Director General, East Asia Department, ADB, together with Justin Yifu Lin, Peking University, and Celestin Monga, UNIDO. Nobel Laureate Roger Myerson provided the keynote address.

Pressing development challenges facing the PRC were reviewed during a panel discussion session on “How Can the PRC Transition to an Innovation-Based Economy”.  The session was chaired by former ADB Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei, featuring the following panelists: Justin Yifu Lin, Peking University; Jong-Wha Lee, Korea University; Christian Ketels, Harvard University; and Christopher Thomas, McKinsey & Company. Shang-Jin Wei also gave a presentation on why some middle-income countries grow more rapidly than others.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15Opening Session: Welcome Remarks
Chair: Célestin Monga, UNIDO


  • Justin Yifu Lin, Peking University

  • Amy Leung, ADB

  • Célestin Monga, UNIDO

09:15 – 10:35ADB Special Panel: How Can the PRC Transition to an Innovation-based Economy
Chair: Shang-Jin Wei, ADB


  • Justin Yifu Lin, Peking University

  • Jong-Wha Lee, Korea University

  • Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School

  • Christopher Thomas, McKinsey & Company

10:35 – 11:00Group Photo, Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00Keynote Speech: American Democracy and Global Development (Skype)
Roger Myerson, University of Chicago

General Discussion
12:00 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00 – 15:00First Panel: Structural Change: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

Remodeling Structural Change
Justin Yifu Lin and Yong Wang, Peking University

Re-examining the Middle Income Trap Hypothesis: What to Reject and What to Revive?
Shang-Jin Wei, ADB
15:00 – 15:30 Tea/Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30Second Panel: Theories and Empirics of Structural Change

Structural Transformation: A Competitiveness-based View
Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School

Development Aid and Structural Transformation
Yan Wang, George Washington University
16:30 – 17:30Third Panel: Structural Change and Externalities

Global Megatrends and the Macroeconomic of Gender
Monique Newiak, IMF

Sustainable Structural Transformation
Fatima Denton and Johnson Nkem, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
18:00 – 20:00Dinner Reception

09:30 – 10:30Fourth Panel: Macro Policies, and Measurement of Structural Change

New Growth Model and Structural Transformation in Africa
TchétchéN’Guessan, University of Abidjan – CIRES

Measuring Structural Change
Célestin Monga and Samuel Standaert, UNIDO and Ghent University
10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00Fifth Panel: Channels of Transformation

Trade and Structural Transformation
Giovanni Federico, University of Pisa

Finance and Structural Change
Luis Pereira Da Silva, Bank of International Settlements
12:00 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Sixth Panel: Instruments of Structural Transformation

Participation in Global Value Chains: Challenges and Opportunities
Xubei Luo, World Bank

Building Effective Clusters and Industrial Parks
Xiaobo Zhang, Peking University and IFPRI

Changing Income Inequality during Structural Transformation: The Role of Agriculture Prices
Xin Wang, Peking University (representing C. Peter Timmer)
15:30 – 16:00Tea/Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30Seventh Panel: Structural Transformation: Country Experiences

Is the PRC’s Transformation Sustainable?
Barry Naughton, University of California San Diego

Can the Republic of Korea’s Story of Transformation be Exported?
Wonhyuk Lim, Korea Development Institute
18:00 – 20:00Dinner Reception

09:00 – 10:30Eighth Panel: the Next Miracles?

FDI as Engine for Structural Transformation
Laura Alfaro, Harvard Business School

Growth and Structural Transformation in Viet Nam during the 2000s
Dang Thi Thu Hoai, Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)

India’s Path to Transformation
Deepak Nayyar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
10:30 – 11:00Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00Wrapping Up: Next Steps
Chair: Célestin Monga, UNIDO


  • Adam Swallow, Oxford University Press

  • Justin Yifu Lin, Peking University

  • Célestin Monga, UNIDO

12:30 – 14:00Buffet Lunch

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