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  • Larry Hsien Ping Lang (郎咸平)
    Born : June , 1956Gender : Male
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Occupation

Hong-Kong-based economist, commentator, author and TV host in China.

Emeritus Professor, CUHK Business School.

Education

BA ( Tunghai University, 1978)

MA (National Taiwan University, 1980)

MA (1985), PhD (1986) in Finance (WhartonSchool of the University of Pennsylvania)

Experience

1994: Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

1996–2000: Consultant on Corporate governance Projects for World Bank, Washington, D.C.

1998–2001: Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the Financial Services Bureau of the Hong Kong Government. He researched corporate governance and protection of the interests of small shareholders.

2004: Joint-appointed professor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in mainland China.

August 2004: Host of a finance talk show Cáijīng Láng Xiánpáng (财经郎闲评, literally "Finance Lang Leisure Talk") on Shanghai Television

Early 2006: Cáijīng Láng Xiánpáng suspended due to Lang's intention to uncover the Shanghai pension scandal on the show.

June 2009: Lang made a comeback to host Larry's Eyes on Finance (Chinese: 财经郎眼; pinyin: Cáijīng Láng Yǎn), a news commentary talk show.

Notable Works|Publications

Selected books for general audiences

· East Asian Corporation: Heroes or Villains? (with S. Claessens and S.Djankov, 2000)

· Corporate Governance (Chinese: 公司治理; pinyin: Gōngsī Zhìlǐ, 2004)

· Governance and Expropriation (editor, 2005)

· Manipulation (simplified Chinese: 操纵; traditional Chinese: 操縱; pinyin: Cāozòng, 2006)

· Operation (simplified Chinese: 运作; traditional Chinese: 運作; pinyin: Yùnzuò, 2006)

· Lang, Larry; et al.(2007). 本质 I——破解时尚产业战略突围之道 [Nature I: Breakthrough crack

fashion industry strategy of the Road] (in Chinese) (1st ed.). Oriental Press Pub. ISBN 9787506027762.

· Lang, Larry; et al.(2007). 本质 II——破解娱乐传媒产业以小搏大之谜 [Nature II: crack the entertainment and media industry’s big mystery] (in Chinese) (1st ed.). Oriental Press Pub. ISBN 9787506027779.

· Lang, Larry; et al. (2006). 中国式MBO:布满鲜花的陷阱 [Chinese MBO: A Trap Filled with Flowers] (in Chinese)(1st ed.). Oriental Press Pub. ISBN 9787506023764.

· Larry Hsien Ping Lang Says: Why We Live So Hard? (simplified Chinese: 郎咸平说:我们的日子为什么这么难; traditional Chinese: 我們的日子為什麼這麼難, 2010)

Selected journal articles

· “Dividends and Expropriation”(with Mara Faccio and Leslie Young, American Economic Review, 2001)

· “When Does Corporate Diversification Matter to Productivity and Performance? Evidence from East Asia” (with S. Claessens and J. Fan, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Special Issue on Corporate Governance, July 2003)

· “Disentangling the Incentive and entrenchment Effects of Large Shareholdings” (with S. Claessens, S. Djankov and J. Fan, Journal of Finance, December 2003)

Main Opnions

Lang is often thought of as a New Left academic, but he calls himself a capitalist economist.

Main theories on public media

Lang has repeatedly stated in public that, regarding Macroeconomics,

he believes in Karl Marx's Scientific communism and “Economic Crisis: Inevitable under Capitalism” theory. He thinks that Big government can bring more justice and welfare to the society than Minarchism, which condones violations on the interests of small shareholders by financial capital, and eventually leading to financial crisis. That is why he is sometimes called a New Left academic.

Dual-sector model

China's globalization crisis

For China 's globalization remained relatively "critical " attitude. His main idea is that many Chinese enterprises and local governments do not understand the international nature, or in his words, " farmland through water not previously dug ditches." For example, "foreign" stock market operations through the acquisition of a cheap price or a lot of state-owned assets, causing increasingly serious loss of assets, as well as international [ chain ] the division of labor.

Lang believes that the existence of financial speculators internationally, such as George Soros of Quantum Group of Fund, these speculators are foreign exchange parity, commodities, precious metals prices from fluctuations in the main promoters, and Lang believes that behind them there is a long-term support of the world's financial powers, so meaningful, " financial war" , the rise and fall of these financial war against a country plays a key role, he and "Currency Wars", author Song Hongbing along with as "conspiracy theorists."

The face of the increasing appreciation of international oil prices in 2008, prices of food and some money, Lang pointed out that it is likely to be a behind by the " international financial speculators " under the control of a situation. The Chinese part of the industry, such as the steel industry is severely affected.

Enterprise strategy

Lang repeatedly points to South Korean enterprises as a model, and criticizes many of China's emerging enterprises. He advocates studying the practices of transnational corporations, of cutting process flow in enterprises where enterprises no longer tangled in one or two leadership capacity, maintaining long-term business, but also full of innovation.

Controversy

Lang has become a famous and controversial figure in China in recent years:

Since 2002, Lang has risen to his fame by "scolding". From D'Long to Haier, from TCL to Greencool, those scolded by him were all well-known large enterprises. People who hate him call him a "Rogue Professor", whereas those who like him say he dares to speak the truth.

Much of the controversy surrounding Lang can be attributed to his criticism on rightwing capitalism and the failing financial system. For example, Lang openly announced his endorsement of Marx's critical analysis on capitalism, positively reviewed Mao Zedong's role in China's earlier development and pointed out the often negative role US played in global economy and financial world.

The Lang–Gu dispute (Chinese: 郎顾之争; pinyin: Láng–Gù zhī zhēng) was a dispute in China about the privatization process adopted during Deng Xiaoping's reforms. New Left academic Larry Lang (郎咸平), a critic of the reforms, accused a private entrepreneur, Gu Chujun (顾雏军), of having usurped state assets. Gu was later imprisoned in January 2008. This incidence had a short-term effect on the Chinese government, who halted privatizations after the debate. Generally, Chinese academic has reservation about this debate.

Among circles of Chinese economists, the prevailing opinion is that Lang's area of expertise does not cover China's economic system: he lacks a true understanding of China's situation, and his views on the restructuring of state enterprises are mostly shunned by his peers. Initially, key economists remained silent, but then they realized that Lang seemed to be on the way to affect China's fundamental national policies. So, they began to criticize his theories to try to turn the tide. Besides academic criticisms, there were also accusations of "grandstanding" and "fishing for fame." Nevertheless, it would appear that their attempts in turning the tide were basically futile.

· Wu Jinglian:Lang's final verdict is "China's society has never been this bad in 5000 years." His rationale is two-fold: first, the path of economic development alone, and second, marketization. (TODO: Some text in this paragraph still needs to be translated into Chinese and is commented out.)

· Steven N. S. Cheung: Professor Lang knows nearly nothing about China's economic and political infrastructure... However, as a professor, how could Mr. Lang make such generalizations so irresponsibly?

· Zhou Qiren: Speaking of Lang, I think it is not difficult to see that he is wrong. ... I do not see in Lang's allegations any kind of complex theories, concepts and reasoning. ... Lang [claimed], "Whose are the state-owned assets? Yours, mine, ours." ...Now what is he muddling? He has no share of nothing. No matter how blurry the property rights of state-owned assets are, it should be obvious that he has no part in the subject of rights. ... I can say with certainty that these outrageous views of Lang's did not just come off the top of his head. The question beckons: These "stuff"—nonsensical, illogical, and just plain rude—came off the top of whose head?

· Zhiwu Chen thinks that Lang's conspiracy theory is the opium of the people.

 

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