Program Applied: Ph.D. in Economics
In the process of transforming its economic system into that of market economy and integrating into the international economic framework, China seems unable to match its economics, a branch of learning western in original and by no means full-fledged since its transplantation into the Chinese context, with the complicated nature of its economy. On the surface, China’s GDP is increasing with an encouraging momentum. But behind the apparent economic boom are many underlying economic problems that have aroused the grave concern of the nation’s economists—the macroeconomic manipulation by the central government under the name of “socialist market economy”, the difficult reforms of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), worsening unemployment, and possibility for sustainable development. Some of those problems are specifically Chinese problems while some are universal problems. It is obvious that the only way out of this dilemma is to conduct profound studies in and borrow from western economics.
My undergraduate education at the Economics Department of Jilin University has endowed me with a solid academic foundation. Its specialty of National Economics & Management is part of the nation’s key curriculum in economics, ranking 3rd in the entire country. There I had the opportunity to attend some of the most exciting and rewarding economics courses delivered by the country’s leading scholars, courses ranging from Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Comparative Studies in Economic Systems, Economic Predictions and Decision-Making Strategies to econometrics. When I first began to study economics, I found it somehow tedious and difficult, but my teachers all demonstrated great erudition and scholarly wisdom that ushered me step by step into this realm of abstruse knowledge. I grew increasingly interested in economics.
Since Adam Smith established the foundation for modern economics with his Wealth of Nations, this queen of social sciences has made the most spectacular achievements over the past 200 years of exuberant development in the United States, where can be found the most accomplished economists, their most rigorous thinking, their most profound theories, and the most liberal academic environment. For a long time, the United States does not represent a country to me. It legitimately symbolizes a holy land of academic research. The University of # # # is undoubtedly the temple on this holy land, which enjoys a very prestigious status in the academia of economics. Its senior professors have producing research findings that capture the attention of the entire academic community, not to mention its serious academic atmosphere, the rich teaching experience of the faculty as a whole and ample opportunities for academic exchanges. My admission into such a university will equip me with all the necessary qualifications to develop myself into a specialist in economics who can make important contributions to the “diagnosis” and “treatment” of Chinese economic problems.