Barry J. Naughton, Ph.D.Barry J. Naughton, Ph.D.

Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs
Professor of Chinese Economy

International Relations and Pacific Studies
University of California, San Diego
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La Jolla, California 92093-0519

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Naughton is an authority on the Chinese economy, with an emphasis on issues relating to industry, trade, finance, and China's transition to a market economy. Recent research focuses on regional economic growth in the People's Republic of China and the relationship between foreign trade and investment and regional growth. He is also completing a general textbook on the Chinese economy. Recently completed projects have focused on Chinese trade and technology, in particular, the relationship between the development of the electronics industry in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the growth of trade and investment among those economies. His book, Growing Out of the Plan: Chinese Economic Reform, 1978-1993, which was published in 1995, is a comprehensive study of China's development from a planned to a market economy that traces the distinctive strategy of transition followed by China, as well as China's superior growth performance. It received the Ohira Memorial Prize in 1996. Naughton is the author of numerous articles on the Chinese economy and is editor or co-editor of three other books: Reforming Asian Socialism: The Growth of Market Institutions, Urban Spaces in Contemporary China, and The China Circle: Economics and Technology in the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Naughton joined IR/PS in 1988 and was named to the Sokwanlok Chair in Chinese International Affairs in 1998.

Research materials related to Naughton's most recent book, The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth, are available online. Please click here for more information.


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1986 (Economics)
  • M.A., Yale University, 1979 (International Relations)
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1975 (Chinese language and literature)

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