Zhigang YUAN
Professor of Economics
Visiting Professor at emlyon Business School
DBA Advisor at emlyon Business School

Professor Zhigang YUAN is currently the Visiting Professor at emlyon business school. Prof. Yuan obtained his PhD in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 1993. He used to be dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University (2004-2015). In 2006 and 2007, he was honored as the Changjiang Scholar and National Outstanding Teacher by the Ministry of Education of the PRC respectively. Besides, he is also director of the Employment and Social Security Research Center at Fudan University, director of Academic Committee in Faculty of Economics and Management at East China Normal University, vice president of the Shanghai Economist Society (2008-2017).

Professor Yuan has been dedicated to research on disequilibrium economics and its application in China. His PhD dissertation was supervised by Prof. Jean-Pascal Benassy and in 1994 Prof. Yuan published his debut work Non-Walrasian Equilibrium Theory and Its Application to China’s Economy, which was republished in 1997 and in the same year won Sun Yefang Prize, the supreme award in economics in China.

Professor Yuan’s research interests are macroeconomic issues covering employment, social security and social insurance for old people, household consumption, financial reform and real estate. Until now, he has published over 150 papers and 20 books. Furthermore, he has been in charge of a variety of national research projects, including key or major ones funded by the Ministry of Education and the National Social Science Foundation. For his research work he has received over 20 provincial and national awards such as the Shanghai Award for Outstanding Research in Philosophy and Social Sciences and the Ministry of Education Award for Research Achievements in Humanities and Social Sciences. His 2010 book, Equilibrium and Disequilibrium: China’s Macro Economy and Its Transition, is one of the seven economics books in the first edition of National Achievements Library of Philosophy and Social Sciences. His research work is also included in The Collection of Books by the Top 100 Economists Who Have Contributed Tremendously to the PRC’s Economy, published on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC and edited by Economic Research Journal, a top Chinese economics journal.

Professor Yuan teaches macroeconomics at the undergraduate, master and PhD levels, and managerial economics for EMBA students. His undergraduate macroeconomics course is a National Excellent Course and his teaching team a National Excellent Teaching Team, both recognized by the Ministry of Education.

  • 1993 : Ph.D., Economics, School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, France
  • 1987 : MA, Economics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • 1982 : BA, Economics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, Social Security and Employment Theory
Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Management Economics, Disequilibrium Economics, Unemployment Economics