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Jane Golley

Dr Jane Golley

Acting Director

DPhil (Economics), Oxford University
MPhil (Economics), Oxford University
Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours), ANU

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Jane Golley is an Associate Professor and economist, and is currently Acting Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Her career has taken her from the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury to the World Bank in Washington DC, and the UNU’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki. Jane spent eight years studying and teaching at the University of Oxford, where her thesis was on ‘The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development’. Returning to ANU, she worked in the School of Economics and then the Crawford School of Economics and Government, where she developed a graduate course on ‘China in the World’. Jane was the president of the Chinese Economic Society Australia in 2010–2012, and continues to be an active member of that society.

Jane's research over the last two decades has covered a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including demographic change and economic growth (modelling the economic impacts of the One- and Two-Child policies and sex ratio imbalances); household consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, inequalities in education and earnings; and the Belt and Road Initiative. Jane teaches The Chinese Economy to Masters students at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series, including the China Story Yearbook 2017: Prosperity.

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Japanese

Research Interests

  • demographic change and economic growth
  • urban–rural income and educational inequalities
  • urbanisation
  • regional development and industrial agglomeration
  • comparative economic systems and ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’
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Current Projects

  • rural–urban demographic transitions, sectoral change and provincial-level economic growth
  • inequality of opportunity in education in rural and urban China
  • Sino-capitalist urbanisation
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PhD Students

  • Jennifer Chang, Chinese rural–urban labour markets
  • Beyongo Dynamic, Sino–African relations
  • Xinjie Shi: Rural development issues - productivity, migration, inequality and health
  • Paul Hubbard: The Nature and Performance of Chinese state-owned enterprises
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Selected Publications

Jane Golley (2017) ‘China’s economic development strategy: growth and stability’, in Transforming China: Unity, Stability and Development, Routledge.

Jane Golley and Tao Kong (2016) ‘Inequality of opportunity in China’s educational outcomes’, in press, China Economic Review.

Jane Golley (2016) ‘Under the Dome’, in China Story Yearbook 2015: Pollution, Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World.

Jane Golley (2016) ‘A socialist economy in a capitalist world’, Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies, 14(1): 9–24.

Jane Golley (2015) ‘Great expectations’, in Geremie Barmé with Linda Jaivin and Jeremy Goldkorn eds, China Story Yearbook 2014: Civilising China, Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World.

Jane Golley and Zheng Wei (2015) ‘Population dynamics and economic growth in China’, with Zheng Wei, China Economic Review, vol. 35: 15–32.

Shiyi Chen and Jane Golley (2014) ‘’Green’ productivity growth in China’s industrial economy?’, Energy Economics, 44: 89–98.

Jane Golley and Rod Tyers (2014) ‘Gender rebalancing in China’, with Rod Tyers, Asian Population Studies, vol.10, no.2: 125–43.

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Updated:  27 July 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World