Professor James Wen graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai, Chna in 1982 with an M.A. in Economics, and from University of Chicago in 1989 with a Ph.D. in Economics, specializing in development economics, Globaization, and the economies of East Asia, particularly China.
James Wen loves teaching. First, he believes in good reading materials and textbooks that avail students of the most updated information and of different views and opinions. Second, in his teaching, mathematics is balanced by an institutional and historical approach. Third, he believes that Economics can be learned more effectively if students are challenged to think more deeply and to practice more.
The earlier focus of James Wen’s research was in China’s total factor productivity in its agriculture and the Great Leap Famine. His more recent research interests are the remaining agrarian issues, and issues that are troubling China as it moves to modernization, urbanization and globalization. More recently, he turns his interests to issues such as the Needham Puzzle.