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US-China Forum 2021: Addressing Inequality and Promoting Social Welfare

LI Ling

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LI Ling

Mulan Chair Professor of Economics, National School of Development

Director, China Center for Heath Development Studies

Doctoral Supervisor, National School of Development

Peking University

Chief Advisor on China Health Care Reform, World Bank

Chief Committee Member, Policy and Management Research, Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China

LI Ling’s research interests include health economics, health service management, mature economics, and economic growth theory. She has published papers on demand elasticity of healthcare in China, China’s pension system, and the economic costs of smoking in China.

LI’s work was critical in the reformation of China’s healthcare system in the 2000’s. Based on her research that examined how other national governments interacted with their country’s healthcare systems, LI was one of the first experts to propose that the government take on a leading role in public health. Her proposals further guided China’s healthcare policy. 

Her 2010 book, Healthy Country-- Li Ling Discusses Medical Reform 《健康强国——李玲话医改》 was published by Peking University Press. 

LI has received the honorary title of “Top Ten Tutors” of Peking University and has won the State Council Special Allowance. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an MA in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in economics from Wuhan University. She received her BS and MS in physics from Wuhan University.