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Lawrence Lau Juen-yee, JP (Chinese: 劉遵義; pinyin: Liú Zūnyì; born 1944) is a Hong Kong economist and the former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong from 2009 to 2012. Before joining CUHK he was an economics professor at Stanford University.

Lawrence Lau
Non-official Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong
In office
21 January 2009 – 30 June 2012
PresidentSir Donald Tsang
ConvenorRonald Arculli
Vice Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
In office
1 July 2004 – 30 June 2010
ChancellorTung Chee-hwa
Sir Donald Tsang
Preceded byAmbrose King
Succeeded byJoseph Sung
Personal details
Born (1944-12-12) 12 December 1944 (age 74)
Zunyi, Guizhou, Republic of China
Spouse(s)Ayesha Abbas Macpherson
Alma materSt. Paul's Co-educational College
BSc in Physics and Economics by Stanford University
MA in Economics by University of California, Berkeley
PhD in Economics by University of California, Berkeley

Personal lifeEdit

Lau was born on 12 December 1944 in Zunyi, Guizhou, Republic of China. His maternal grandfather was famed calligrapher and Kuomintang leader Yu Youren of Shaanxi Province. He received his secondary education from St. Paul's Co-educational College in Hong Kong, his B.S. degree in Physics and Economics, with Great Distinction, from Stanford University in 1964, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 and 1969 respectively. He joined the faculty of the Department of Economics of Stanford University in 1966 and was promoted to Professor of Economics in 1976.

Academic careerEdit

In 1992, Lau was named the first Kwoh-Ting Li Professor of Economic Development at Stanford University. From 1992 to 1996, he served as a Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University. From 1997 to 1999, he served as the Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) of Stanford University. His specialized fields are Economic Development, Economic Growth, and the Economies of East Asia, including China. He developed one of the first econometric models of China in 1966, and has continued to revise and update his model since then.

Lau has been elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a member of Tau Beta Pi, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, an Academician of Academia Sinica, a Member of the Conference for Research in Income and Wealth, an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, England, an Honorary Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author or editor of five books and more than one hundred and sixty articles and notes in professional publications.

Lau is active in both academic and professional services. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai; an Honorary Professor of the Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jilin University, Nanjing University, Renmin University, Shantou University, Southeast University, and the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing; an International Adviser, National Bureau of Statistics, People's Republic of China and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Taipei.

He moved back to Hong Kong in 2004 to take up the position of Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.[1]

Lau is currently the Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.[2]

In 2015, Lau suggested that students who stormed the University of Hong Kong council meeting should be imprisoned.[3]

2019 Hong Kong protestsEdit

In 2019, Lau criticised Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests. He wrote: "To find a way forward, one must recognise that the current disturbances reflect deep-rooted, but until now largely latent, anger and discontent among lower-income groups in Hong Kong, especially younger people. The discontent and perceived lack of hope provided the environment for domestic and foreign agitators to succeed."[4]

Other activitiesEdit

In January 2009, Lau was named a non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong by Chief Executive Donald Tsang. He renounced his United States citizenship to take up the position.[5] Later that year, he became a member of the International Advisory Council of the Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation.[6]


  1. ^ "劉遵義 經濟學者掌中大". Ming Pao. 2009-01-20. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
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  3. ^ "Community & Education Hong Kong Students who stormed HKU meeting should be imprisoned, says former university head". Hong Kong Free Press. 3 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Neither violence, nor Beijing, can fix Hong Kong's housing shortage and lack of a social safety net". South China Morning Post. 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "劉遵義放棄美國國籍 對學生批評持開放態度". Radio Television Hong Kong. 2009-01-20. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-04-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ambrose King
Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
2004 – 2010
Succeeded by
Joseph Sung
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Eva Cheng
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Christina Ting
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star