SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Economic development of modern China

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Year 3
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Full Year
This course looks at the evolution of the Chinese economy since 1949, with an emphasis on developments since 1978.  The approach adopted is primarily thematic, with topics covered ranging from banking, industry and agriculture to inequality, poverty and the environment.


(153400123) Macroeconomic Analysis


(153400130) Microeconomic Analysis

(Note: For BSc Economics and BSc Development Economics students both these courses are core courses in year 2 of their degrees, but BA two-subject degree students can only take EITHER of these two courses in their year 2)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe China's development policies from 1949 to the present day in the context of its political history.
  2. Analyse the principal features of China's economic system.
  3. Evaluate the nature and sources of China's economic growth at both a macro and sectoral level.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 80% / Coursework 20%. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.

Suggested reading

  1. Chris Bramall (2009). Chinese Economic Development, London, Routledge.
  2. Barry Naughton (2008), The Chinese Economy, Cambridge MA, MIT Press.
  3. Dic Lo (1997), Market and Institutional Regulation in Chinese Industrialization, 1978-94, London and New York, Macmillan and St. Martin’s).
  4. Loren Brandt and Tom Rawski (eds). (2008). China's Great Economic Transformation, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


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