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Edwin LAI
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Ph.D. in Economics, Stanford University
M.A.  in Economics, Stanford University
B.Sc. in Engineering University of Hong Kong  

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  • Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), July, 2009-
  • Senior Research Economist and Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, August 2007-June 2009
  • Associate Professor, Singapore Management University, August 2006-August 2007
  • Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong, May 1998-August 2006
  • Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, August 1991-April 1998

A short biography

Edwin Lai is Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Center
for Economic Development at the Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology since July 2009. He was Senior Research Economist and Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from August 2007 to June 2009. Before that he was Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong and Associate Professor at Singapore Management University.

Prof. Lai has been a consultant to the World Bank, visiting scholar/fellow with Boston University, Princeton University, Kobe University, CESifo (University of Munich) and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. He is Associate Editor of Review of International Economics (Wiley Publisher), a Fellow of the CESifo Research Network (U of Munich) and a board member of Asia-Pacific Trade Seminars (APTS) Group.

He got his B.Sc. in engineering from University of Hong Kong and A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

His main research areas are international trade, industrial organization,
technological change and growth. He is a leading scholar in the study of
intellectual property rights in the global economy. He is also interested
in studying the economies of East Asia and China. He has published in
American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of International Economics and other respected journals in economics.