Justin Yifu Lin is World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics. In this capacity, Mr. Lin guides the Bank’s intellectual leadership and plays a key role in shaping the economic research agenda of the institution.
Dr. Lin was born inYilan,Taiwan in 1952. He received his mater degrees from National Chengchi University in 1978 and from Peking University in 1982. He got his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986.
Building on a distinguished career as one of China’s leading economists, Dr. Lin is undertaking an ambitious research program that examines the industrialization of rapidly developing countries and sheds new light on the causes of lagging growth in poor regions.
He took up his World Bank position on June 2, 2008, after serving for 15 years as Professor and Founding Director of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He will remain on leave from Peking University during his World Bank tenure.