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The Ali Baba Way: E-Commerce and Poverty Alleviation in China by Dr. Ying Lowrey

January 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Dr. Ying Lowrey is deputy director and professor at Tsinghua University Research Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs and a member of the Academic Committee of Alibaba Group Research Institute. Her teaching and research interests include economics of innovation and entrepreneurship in the internet and platform economy; the internet platform companies’ functionality of public good and social common capital; the role of modern monopoly companies in the macroeconomy, modern microfinancial market, business demographics, characteristics of business owners, and the role of small business in the macroeconomy. She received her economics Ph.D. from Duke University, economics MA from Yale University and mathematics BS from Wuhan University, China. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2012, she served as a senior economist at the U.S. Small Business Administration; as an assistant professor at the George Washington University and an instructional professor at San Diego State University. Dr. Lowrey published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals, books, and working papers. In addition to “The Alibaba Way”, her most recent publications include “The Economic Estimate on Eradiation of Poverty by e-Commerce,” “Small Business Ecosystem and Job Creations,” “Rapid Invention, Slow Industrialization, and the Absent Innovative Entrepreneur in Medieval China,” (with William Baumol), “Business Creation is Job Creation: Estimating Entrepreneurial Jobs,” “Preference for Exerting Entrepreneurial Effort: a Neoclassical Model and Computational Simulation,” and “Business Density, Entrepreneurship and Economic Well-Being,” “Startup Business Characteristics and Dynamics: A Data Analysis of the Kauffman Firm Survey,” “Minority Entrepreneurship in the USA,” and “U.S. Sole Proprietorships: A Gender Comparison, 1985-2000.”


Martien van Nieuwkoop is Director in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice. In this capacity, he provides leadership and global oversight to the agriculture sector dialogue, portfolio management, and partnership relationships, covering a wide range of issues, including food security and food safety; agricultural productivity and competitiveness; agribusiness and post-harvest value-addition; and climate resilient agriculture. Prior to his current position, he has held numerous managerial and leadership positions covering the Bank’s engagement on agriculture in Africa, Latin-America and South Asia. Martien is a Dutch national, who holds post-graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and in Business Administration from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, USA.


Song Li retired from the World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region. She was Task Team Leader for projects on environment, agriculture, coastal zone management, and climate change adaptation in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen. She initiated/designed China’s first climate change adaptation project in agricultural water management. Reviewed the English Version of China’s12th Five Year Plan.  She coordinated climate change and biodiversity projects in the World Bank Africa region. During 1996-2004, Song Li worked in the Global Environment Facility, responsible for capacity building projects in the area of climate change and biological diversity and served as focal point for the United Nations, Sustainable Development. She was Senior Program Officer, United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva from 1993 to 1996, at the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Prior to this she worked as director for division of environmental law, Legal Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China.

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January 10
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


MC 7-860


Agriculture and Rural Development TG