- Justin Yifu Lin
Justin Yifu Lin (zh-cp|c=林毅夫|p=Yìfū Lín; born
October 15, 1952in Yilan, Taiwanas Zhengyi Lin, zh-t|t=林正義) is a Chinese economist and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.
He is the founder and director of the
China Center for Economic Research, former professor of economicsat Peking University, and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received an MBAdegree from National Chengchi Universityin 1978, a Master's degreein Marxistpolitical economy from Peking University in 1982, and a PhDin economics from the University of Chicagoin 1986.
As an up and coming captain in the
Republic of China Army(the army had already paid for his MBA) in Taiwan, he defected to Mainland Chinaon May 17, 1979, reportedly by swimming from the island of Kinmen, in Fujian Province (zh-c|c=福建省) under the control of the Republic of China(Taiwan), to the nearby island of Xiamenin the Fujian Province (zh-c|c=福建省) of the People's Republic of China(Mainland China). At the time, he left behind his wife and child who were living in Taiwan. They were later reunited when Lin went to study in the United States. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Justin Lin's wife pays her respects | date= 2002-06-04| publisher= | url =http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2002/06/04/138877 | work =Taipei Times | pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-22 | language = ] While an officer in the ROC Army, Lin was held up as a model soldier for choosing to be in the army. Lin was considered a "superstar" officer. The ROC originally listed him as missing but in 2000 issued an order for his arrest on charges of desertion. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=World Bank economist risks arrest if he visits | date= 2008-02-07| publisher= | url =http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2008/02/07/2003400523 | work =Taipei Times | pages = | accessdate = 2008-02-07 | language = ]
He was one of the first PRC citizens to receive a
PhDin economics from a US university, and is a leading Chinese economist; he serves as a consultant to major international organizations, and is on the editorial board of several international academic economics journals.
* [http://chinavitae.com/biography/Lin_Yifu Lin Yifu, China Vitae.]
* [http://old.ccer.edu.cn/en/faculty/ejylin.htm Justin Yifu Lin biography] , CCER website, accessed December 2005.
* [http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/cpr/linyifu/index.htm "Development and Transition: Idea, Strategy and Viability" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, March 31, 2008]
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