Xiaobing Wang

Xiaobing Wang


  • Senior Lecturer in the Economics of China, Economics
  • Department of Economics, 3.071 Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Dr. Xiaobing Wang is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in the Department of Economics at the University of Manchester, and the research director at Manchester China Institute. He received his PhD degree from King’s College London, and his masters’ degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Birmingham. Xiaobing Wang’s research is in the area of Growth and Development, Structural Change, and the Economics of China, with a special interest in the role of the state in development, and income distribution in China. He has extensive media experience (TV, radio, and newspaper) and is a frequent commentator on the Chinese economy and a wide range of global economic issues such as global imbalances and aid to Africa.


2007-present, Senior Lecturer (associate professor), Lecturer (assistant professor), Department of Economics, The University of Manchester

Ph.D., Economics, KCL
MSc., Economic History, LSE
MSc., Economics, Birmingham
BA., Laws, NUPL

Chinese (Native), English (Fluent)

Media Experience
TV and radio

Research interests

Keywords: Growth and Development, Economics of China, Labour, Income distribution, Institutions

Theoretical: Structural Change and Development, Dual Economy Models, The Chinese Economy, Role of the State, Institutions, Prosperity Measures.

Empirical: Labour Market in China, Poverty and Inequality in China, China's Industrialization, China's Growth.

Supervision information

Research areas and Research topics for PhD applicants

Xiaobing Wang welcomes applications from students hoping to pursue doctoral studies in the area of Growth and Development and the Economics of China. He is interested in supervising both theoretical and empirical work.
  • The theoretical work might be looking at structural change and long run economic development, Dual economy models, long run technological change and population growth.
  • Or the theoretical work might focus on formalizing the experience of China as far as growth and transition are concerned (i.e. he is particularly keen to supervise the development of macroeconomic models that capture China’s experience).
  • Empirical work would be in the area of labour market segmentation and integration in China, inequality and the urban-rural divide, and the welfare of those in the rural sector in China.


Taught Courses

  • Macroeconomic Analysis (first-year undergraduate)
  • The Chinese Economy (third-year undergraduate)
  • Development Economics (third-year undergraduate)
  • Growth Development and Economic Transformation (postgraduate)
  • Public Economics (postgraduate)
  • Structural Change and Business Strategy (EMBA)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester China Institute


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