1. Topic: Looking ahead to Modern Economics after the COVID-19 Pandemic ：Neoclassical Synthesis and Complex System Science
2. Language: Chinese
3. Speaker: Professor Jinghai Zheng received his doctoral degree from University of Gothenburg in 1997. He is Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and currently holds a position as Guest Research Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary China Studies, Tsinghua University. He was twice-elected as the President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe/UK). His major contributions to the economic literature include applications of the productivity analysis framework to Chinese data, discussions on issues concerning the sustainability of China's economic growth, and the development of a knowledge production function. He has recently been actively involved in the study of economics of complexity to better explain contributions of Chinese scholars to the theory and policy of economic development.
4. Abstract: We are currently witnessing two historical events of the 21st century: the decline of the US and the rise of China. In retrospect of the development of modern economics during the last three decades, we note that the decline of the US socioeconomic power worldwide has been accompanied with its increasingly ideologization of economic theories. Whether the US system can survive the impact of coronavirus pandemic depends on if good lessons can be learned from its past obsession with ideologies, and its attitude towards science, knowledge and human life. On the other hand, modern economics will provide scholars of developing countries including China with plenty of opportunities to do research and to develop new theories. One interesting area for academic studies and applied research is the extension of the neoclassical framework to the complex system science.