2012 Symposium

From Deng to Dollars: The Political Economy of China’s Rise

Friday, September 21, 2012

China’s economic performance over the past thirty years has been astounding, a unique development success story. Now with the world’s second largest economy, it may be poised to join the ranks of the world’s high-income countries over the next generation. How has China transformed so quickly? What challenges lie in its future? And what are the implications of its growth for the rest of the world? 


12:00-12:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ronald Liebowitz
President, Middlebury College

Erik Bleich, Middlebury College
Director of International Politics and Economics

12:15-1:45 PM Panel One: Deng and the Remaking of China by Ezra Vogel

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

Moderator: Sarah Stroup, Political Science
Student Chair: Julia Deutsch ’13

2:00-3:30 PM Panel Two: What Exactly Is the China Model? by Yasheng Huang

International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
MIT Sloan School of Management

Moderator: Will Pyle, Economics
Student Chair:  Cara Myers ’13

3:45-5:15 PM Panel Three: The China Threat: Fact or Fiction by Scott Rozelle

Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Moderator: Jessica Teets, Political Science
Student Chair: Kathryn DeSutter ’13

7:15-8:30 PM Roundtable Discussion
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216 (overflow accommodation in Room 220)

Ezra Vogel, Yasheng Huang, and Scott Rozelle
Chair: Erik Bleich, Director, International Politics and Economics


Ezra F. Vogel
Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University

Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard. In 1960-1961 he was assistant professor at Yale University and from 1961-1964 a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, studying Chinese language and history. He remained at Harvard, becoming lecturer in 1964 and, in 1967, professor. He retired from teaching in 2000.

Vogel was Director (1972-1977) of Harvard’s East Asian Research Center and Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies (1977-1980). He was Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Center for International Affairs (1980-1987) and, since 1987, Honorary Director. He was Chairman of the undergraduate concentration in East Asian Studies from its inception in 1972 until 1991. He was Director of the Fairbank Center (1995-1999) and the first Director of the Asia Center (1997-1999). Vogel was Chairman of the Harvard Committee to Welcome President Jiang Zemin (1998). He has also served as Co-director of the Asia Foundation Task Force on East Asian Policy Recommendations for the New Administration (2001). Vogel’s well known research focuses on the development of Chinese political culture and society, such as The four little dragons: The spread of industrialization in East Asia.

From fall 1993 to fall 1995, Vogel took a two-year leave of absence from Harvard to serve as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington. He directed the American Assembly on China in November 1996 and the Joint Chinese-American Assembly between China and the United States in 1998.

Yasheng Huang
International Program Professor in
Chinese Economy and Business

MIT Sloan School of Management

Yasheng Huang is the International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and a Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Huang founded and runs the China Lab and the India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in those countries improve their management skills. He is an expert source on international business, political economy, and international management. In collaboration with other scholars, Huang is conducting research on human capital formation in China and India, entrepreneurship, and ethnic and labor-intensive foreign direct investment (FDI). Prior to MIT Sloan, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. Huang also served as a consultant to the World Bank. His most recent book, Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics (2008), is based on detailed archival and quantitative evidence spanning three decades of reforms.

He is a member of the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, a Fellow at the Center for Chinese Economic Research and the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a Fellow at the William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow.

Scott Rozelle
Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the International Association for Agricultural Economists, and the Association for Asian Studies. Rozelle also serves on the editorial boards of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Agricultural Economics, the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the China Economic Review.

He is fluent in Chinese and has established a research program in which he has close working ties with several Chinese collaborators and policymakers. He is the chair of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy; a co-director of the University of California’s Agricultural Issues Center; and a member of Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and Food, Security, and the Environment Program. Rozelle’s innovative research focuses on development in China, exploring important topics like migration and education.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Rozelle has received numerous honors and awards, including the Friendship Award in 2008, the highest award given to a non-Chinese by the Premier; and the National Science and Technology Collaboration Award in 2009 for scientific achievement in collaborative research.


  • International Politics and Economics Program
  • Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
  • Department of Political Science
  • C.A. Johnson Economics Fund
  • Academic Enrichment Fund
  • East Asian Studies Program
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Chinese
  • Department of History
  • Atwater Commons
  • Brainerd Commons
  • Cook Commons