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Justin Yifu Lin
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Birth October 15, 1952 (1952-10-15) (age 57)
Yilan, Taiwan
Nationality  People's Republic of China
Institution World Bank
Peking University
Field Political economy
Alma mater University of Chicago
Peking University
National Chengchi University
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Justin Yifu Lin (Chinese: 林毅夫pinyin: Lín Yìfū (born as Zhengyi Lin, Chinese: 林正义pinyin: Lin Zhengyi traditional Chinese: 林正義 on October 15, 1952 in Yilan, Taiwan) is a PRC economist and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

He is the founder and director of the China Center for Economic Research, former professor of economics at Peking University, and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received an MBA degree from National Chengchi University in 1978, a Master's degree in Marxist political economy from Peking University in 1982, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986.

He was one of the first PRC citizens to receive a PhD in economics from a US university, and is a leading Chinese economist; he serves as a consultant to major international organizations and is on the editorial board of several international academic economics journals.


As an captain in the Republic of China Army (the army had already paid for his MBA) in Taiwan, he defected to Mainland China on May 17, 1979, reportedly by swimming from the island of Kinmen, in Fujian Province (Chinese: 福建省) under the control of the Republic of China (Taiwan), to the nearby island of Xiamen in the Fujian Province (Chinese: 福建省) of the People's Republic of China (Mainland China). He left behind his pregnant wife and his three-year-old child who were living in Taiwan; a year after he defected, he was declared "missing" by the Taiwanese Army and his wife claimed the equivalent of US$ 31,000 from the government.[1] She and their children re-joined him years later when both of them went to study in the United States.[2] While an officer in the ROC Army, Lin was held up as a model soldier for choosing to be in the army. Lin was considered a "superstar" officer. The ROC originally listed him as missing but in 2000 issued an order for his arrest on charges of desertion.[3] Lin's brother confirmed that the reason for Lin's desertion and defection was that he "just wanted to pursue his ambitions".[2]


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Preceded by
François Bourguignon
World Bank Chief Economist
Succeeded by


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