At the age of 14, Hai Wen was forced to leave his junior high school in China and spend 10 years in a Mongolian work camp. At the close of the Cultural Revolution, he was admitted to Peking University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics. In the early 1980s, he came to CSULB as an international student and earned his master’s degree in economics. He progressed to U.C. Davis and earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1991. He served as a lecturer at San Francisco State University and U.C. Davis, and served as a tenure-track faculty member at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. One of the original founders of the Chinese Economists Society, he served as its president from 1993 to 1994. In the mid 1990s, Peking University called on him to serve as the assistant deputy director at the China Center for Economics Research (CCER), which is often compared to the National Bureau of Economic Research in the U.S. Wen founded the China Economic Association in 2001 and served two terms as president (2001-07). Along with those responsibilities, he helped open a sister campus in Shenzhen, called the Shenzhen Graduate School of Peking University. Wen is now the chancellor of the Shenzhen Graduate School of Peking University, vice president of Peking University, and the deputy director and professor of international economics at CCER, Peking University.
Hai Wen (1983, M.A., Economics)