Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang

Assistant Professor

Office Location(s): 7719 Haven Hall
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  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative political economy
    • Comparative political organizations
    • Contemporary China
  • About

    Yuen Yuen Ang studies the coevolution of political and economic systems, how to build markets in the absence of good institutions, and the conditions that foster effective adaptation. Her research focuses on developing economies, especially China.

    Her book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016), will be published by the Political Economy Series of Cornell University Press. Prior to joining Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor in political and economic development at Columbia SIPA.

    Featured Essays & Talks

    Do Weberian Bureaucracies Lead to Markets or Vice Versa? A Coevolutionary Approach to Development 

    • Princeton University, Seminar on Development & Democracy, December 2014
    • Princeton Workshop  on “State-Building in the Developing World,” Oxford, England, 2013

    Making Details Matter: How to Reform Aid Agencies to Generate Contextual Knowledge

    • Winner of the 2014 GDN Essay Contest on "The Future of Development Assistance ," sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Education
    • Stanford University, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    • Stanford University, M.A. (Political Science)
    • Colorado College, B.A. summa cum laude (Political Science)
  • Courses Taught
    • State and Market in Contemporary China
    • Comparative Politics & Reform China
    • Development and the Quality of Governance
    • Social Sciences in Historical & Contemporary China