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Our team of professors are not only engaged in academic research and teaching but are also involved in real world business activities. This page allows you to learn more about their professional experience outside of teaching. 

Master of Economics

Coronavirus yet another twist in trade war


The long-term rivalry between the US and China has since the election of President Trump manifested itself in the form of an economic conflict between the world’s greatest powers. With geopolitical flux now the new normal, Hong Kong citizens’ struggle to maintain their freedoms saw US politicians jump on the bandwagon in 2019; now the COVID-19 is the latest issue that both the US and China are dragging into the general trade war. Who has the upper hand?

Professor Heiwai TANG

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Master of Economics

Art, Economics, Life: Professor Jin LI


Professor Li originally planned to become an actuary as it was believed to be the best job for overall happiness. However, encountering the father of modern differential geometryShiing-Shen Chern, in a two-week research programme has become a turning point of Professor Li’s life.

Professor Jin LI

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Master of Economics

Bridging Information Technologies with Business: Dr. Ye LUO


Interested in applied mathematics and social science, Dr. Luo had majored in economics with the aspiration of understanding the world with quantitative methodologies. Influenced by the rich academic culture of his alma mater, Dr. Luo had taken the academic path after graduation.

Dr. Ye LUO

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Master of Economics

Create Positive Impact on Hong Kong’s Development: Professor Heiwai TANG


Professor Tang was an engineering major who is uninterested in his discipline. However, after realizing that he is keen on researching social issues with quantitative methodologies, Professor Tang had moved on to study economics instead.

Professor Heiwai TANG

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Master of Economics

Interdisciplinary Knowledge is the Key - Professor Yuk-fai FONG


Professor Fong starts off as a physics major. However, attending an economics elective course has enlightened him on what is his true interests. He found economics fascinating as the methodology is very systematic and formal, while studying human beings and firms is fun. Captured by the knowledge of economics, Professor Fong then changed his major from physics to economics, hopped onto the boat of MPhil, and eventually, embarked on his lifelong scholarly journey.

Professor Yuk-fai FONG

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Master of Economics

Economic history helps explain how societies work


For centuries, China had a strong economy and a vibrant civilization, yet it was overtaken by Europe in the 18th century. The possible causes of China’s decline during this period have been the focus of Professor James K.S. KUNG’s work.

Professor Kung of HKU’s Faculty of Business and Economics was recently awarded the Sein and Isaac Souede Professorship in support of his academic and research activities in the economic history of China, its institutions and its political economy of development. His research helps generate insights into understanding Chinese society today. His recent research examines the origins of the country’s meritocratic civil exam system and its long-term effects on human capital development, as well as political exchanges and corruption in contemporary China.

Professor James Kai-sing KUNG

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