Professor Christine Wong
Prior to coming to Melbourne, Christine Wong was Professor and Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, where she was a Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall. Professor Wong has also held the Henry M. Jackson Professorship in International Studies at the University of Washington, and taught economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Berkeley; and Mount Holyoke College.
In addition to a distinguished academic career, Professor Wong has held senior staff positions in the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Over the past twenty years she has worked extensively with the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, as well the IMF, UNDP, UNICEF, and the UK Department for International Development. She is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures.
Professor Wong is a leading authority on China's public finance. Her work on public finance, central-local relations and their implications for governance, economic development and welfare in China are widely cited, including several major World Bank studies for which Professor Wong was principal author.
Select recent publications include:
- "Budget reform in China: Progress and prospects in the Xi Jinping era", in Andrew Podger, Tsai-Tsu Su, John Wanna, Hon S. Chan and Meili Niu (Eds), Value for Money: Budget and financial management reform in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia, Australian National University, 2018, pp. 65-78
- "The financial crisis and the challenge of fiscal federalism in China: the 2008 stimulus and the limits of China’s intergovernmental system", in Richard Eccleston and Rick Krever (Eds), The Future of Federalism: Intergovernmental Financial Relations in an Age of Austerity. Edward Elgar, 2017
- "China's war on air pollution: Can existing governance structures support new ambitions?", C Wong and V Karplus, China Quarterly, 2017
- "Budget Reform in China; Progress and prospects in the Xi Jinping era", OECD Journal on Budgeting, Volume 15/3, 2016 27-36
- "Can a modern system of government work under Xi?", Nikkei Asian Review (online), 31 October 2015.
- "China: Public Investment Management under Reform and Decentralization", World Bank, The Power of Public Investment Management: Transforming Resources into Assets for Growth. Washington DC, 2014
- "Reforming China’s public finances for long-term growth," in Garnaut, R. and Song, L. (eds.,). China Update 2013. Australian National University, 2013, pp. 199-219
- "Paying for Urbanization: Challenges for China's Municipal Finance in the 21st Century," in Bahl, R., Linn, J. and Wetzel, D. (eds.,). Metropolitan Government Finances in Developing Countries. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2013, pp. 273-308
- "Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation in China," in World Bank PREM notes, Special Series on the Nuts and Bolts of M&E Systems No. 23, January 2013, pp. 1-11
- "Some Suggestions for Improving China’s Municipal Finance for the 21st Century," the inaugural Paulson Policy Memorandum, the Paulson Institute, University of Chicago, December 2012 (in English and Chinese).
- "Are Beijing's Equalization Policies Reaching the Poor? An Analysis of Direct Subsidies under the 'Three Rurals'," (with Lin Wanlong) in China Journal, Issue 67, January 2012, pp. 23-45
- "The Fiscal Stimulus Program and Public Governance Issues in China," in OECD Journal on Budgeting, Nov 2011, pp. 1-21
- "Fiscal Reform: Paying for the Harmonious Society," in China Economic Quarterly, Vol. 14 Issue 2, June 2010, pp. 20-25
- "Rebuilding Government for the 21st Century: Can China Incrementally Reform the Public Sector?" in China Quarterly, Vol. 200, December 2009, pp. 929-952