Visiting Professor
Edwin L.-C. LAI
Visiting Professor Director of Center for Economic Development
Edwin L.-C. LAI

Research Interests

  • International Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • China Economy
  • Innovation and Technology Policy

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Stanford University
  • M.A. in Economics, Stanford University
  • B.Sc. in Engineering, University of Hong Kong

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), July, 2009-
  • Senior Research Economist and Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, August 2007-June 2009
  • Associate Professor, Singapore Management University, August 2006-August 2007
  • Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong, May 1998-August 2006
  • Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, August 1991-April 1998


Edwin Lai is Professor of Economics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since July 2009, and later jointly appointed as the Director of the Center for Economic Development and courtesy-appointed as Professor in the Division of Public Policy. He was Senior Research Economist and Adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas of the Federal Reserve System of the USA,from August 2007 to June 2009. Before that he was Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong and Associate Professor at Singapore Management University. His main research areas are international economics, industrial organization, growth and internationalization of renminbi. He is a leading scholar in the study of intellectual property rights in the global economy. He has published in American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of International Economics and other highly respected journals in economics.

Prof. Lai has been a consultant to the World Bank, visiting scholar/fellow with Boston University, Princeton University, Kobe University, CESifo (University of Munich), Hitotsubashi University and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. He is Associate Editor of Review of International Economics (Wiley Publisher), a Fellow of the CESifo Research Network (U of Munich) and a board member of Asia-Pacific Trade Seminars (APTS) Group. He obtained his B.Sc. in engineering from University of Hong Kong and A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.