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Wing Woo


  • Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University, 1982
  • M.A., Economics, Harvard University, 1982
  • M.A., Economics, Yale University, 1978
  • B.Sc., Engineering, Swarthmore College, 1976
  • B.A., Economics, Swarthmore College, 1976 (High Honors)


Wing Woo has expertise in East Asian economies, particularly those of China, Indonesia and Malaysia. In addition to his academic appointment at UC Davis, he is President of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia in Kuala Lumpur; Chang Jiang Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing; Distinguished Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai; Director of the East Asia Program within the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He was a consultant to China for the tax and exchange rate reforms that nation implemented in 1994; convener of the Asian Economic Panel (a group of about 40 economists who meet three times a year to discuss Asian economic issues); and Managing Editor of the Asian Economic Papers (MIT Press).

    Research Focus

    Professor Woo's research interests encompass international and domestic macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; economics of globalization; exchange rate economics; and economic growth and development. He is investigating sustainable economic growth, provision of global public goods, economic geography, fiscal decentralization, restructuring of state-owned enterprises, and international capital flows, with focus on the economic systems of China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United States.

    Selected Publications

    • Woo, W., K. G. Tan, K. Y. Tam, L. Low, and G. E. L. Aw. Ranking the Liveability of the World's Major Cities: The Global Liveable Cities Index (GLCI). Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2012. (Also published in Chinese: Quánqiú zhǔyào chéngshì yí jū xìng páimíng: Quánqiú yí jū chéngshì zhǐshù. Singapore: Global Publishing Press, 2014.)
    • Woo, W. "China Meets the Middle-Income Trap: The Large Potholes in the Road to Catching-Up." Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 10.4 (November 2012): 313–336.
    • Woo, W., and X. Wang. "The Size and Distribution of Hidden Household Income in China." Asian Economics Papers 10.1 (Winter/Spring 2011): 1–26.
    • Woo, W., and W. Zhang. "Combating the Global Financial Crisis with Aggressive Expansionary Monetary Policy: Same Medicine, Different Outcomes in China, U.K. and USA." The World Economy 34.5 (May 2011): 667–686.
    • Woo, W., and C. Hong. "Indonesia's Economic Performance in Comparative Perspective and a New Policy Framework for 2049." Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 46.1 (April 2010): 33–64.


    Wing Woo teaches courses in economic development and international macroeconomics.


    • Awarded the chivalry order of Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) by the Governor of Penang, and appointed Chairman of the International Economic Advisory Panel of Penang state, Malaysia, 2009
    • Appointed to the International Advisory Panel to Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi of Malaysia, 2005
    • Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, University of California, Davis, 2004
    • Appointed Special Advisor for East Asian Economies in the Millennium Project of the United Nations, 2002-2005
    • Special advisor to the U.S. Treasury, 1997–1998