Thursday, October 05, 2023

Yasheng Huang: China's Examination System and its impact on Politics, Economy, Innovation — Manifold #45


Yasheng Huang is the Epoch Foundation Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His new book is The Rise and Fall of the EAST: How Exams, Autocracy, Stability, and Technology Brought China Success, and Why They Might Lead to Its Decline. 

Steve and Yasheng discuss: 

0:00 Introduction 
1:11 From Beijing to Harvard in the 1980s 
15:29 Civil service exams and Huang's new book, "The Rise and Fall of the EAST" 
37:14 Two goals: Developing human capital and indoctrination 
48:33 Impact of the exam system 
57:04 China's innovation peak and decline 
1:12:23 Collaboration and relationship with the West 
1:21:31 How will the U.S.-China relationship evolve? 

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Yasheng Huang at MIT 

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