WU, Wenbo (Biography)

Born August 23, 1968, Lishui, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore, 1999-.


B.S., Peking University, 1990; M.S., Peking University, 1993; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1999.

Principal Fields of Interest

Public Choice; Economics and Public Policy.

Selected Publications

1. "Policies for green design." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 36:1998 (with Don Fullerton).

2. "The two freedoms, economic growth and development: an empirical study." Public Choice, 100(1/2):1999 (with Otto Davis).

3. "The two freedoms in a growth model." Journal of Private Enterprise, XIV(2):1999 (with Otto Davis).

Principal Contributions

Wenbo Wu’s academic interests are inspired by dramatic transformations occurring in China. He regards the transition fundamentally as changes in degrees of freedom. Through his empirical analyses on the simultaneous relationships among economic freedom, political freedom, and economic development, he is able to demonstrate that economic freedom is important in promoting economic growth and that political freedom is related to economic development.

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