Zhang Weiying

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Zhang Weiying at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011.

Zhang Weiying (Chinese: 张维迎; pinyin: Zhāng Wéiyíng; born 1959) is a Chinese economist and was head of the Guanghua School of Management at Beijing University. He is known for his advocacy of free markets and his ideas have been influenced by the Austrian School.[1]


Zhang Weiying graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1982, and a master's degree in 1984, from Northwest University (China). He received his M. Phil. in economics in 1992 and D. Phil. in economics from Oxford University. His D. Phil. supervisors were James Mirrlees (1996 Nobel Laureate) and Donald Hay. Between 1984 and 1990, he was a research fellow of the Economic System Reform Institute of China under the State Commission of Restructuring Economic System. During this period, he was heavily involved in economic reform policy-making in China. He was the first Chinese economist who proposed the "dual-track price system reform" (in 1984). He was also known for his contributions to macro-control policy debating, ownership reform debating, and entrepreneurship studies. After he graduated from Oxford, he co-founded China Center for Economic Research (CCER), Peking University in 1994, and worked with the Center first as an associate professor and then as a professor until August, 1997. He then moved to Peking University's Guanghua School of Management in September, 1997.[2] He was removed as Dean from the Guanghua School of Management in 2010; the removal was attributed to his radical views, which distracted him from the responsibilities of being a dean, according to one teacher at the school.[3]

Zhang Weiying is the Sinar Mas Chair Professor of Economics at Peking University's National School of Development.[4]


  1. ^ Weiying, Zhang, "Completely bury Keynesianism", http://finance.sina.com.cn/20090217/10345864499_3.shtml (February 17, 2009)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Economic Observer, "Zhang Weiyang Removed as Dean of Guanghua School of Management", http://www.eeo.com.cn/ens/homepage/briefs/2010/12/14/188926.shtml (December 14, 2010)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)