I did a post yesterday touting a podcast by Jing Ulrich on China’s economy.  In that post, I referred to Ms. Ulrich as belonging “on the very short list of those discussing China’s economy who actually know whereof they speak.”  In response to that, I received the following comment from “Michael RightSite”:

Hi Dan,

Since the list is short, can you name some others who are worth listening to? (Granted that we all have our biases).



To which, I responded as followings:

I know I will be leaving people off this list, but generally, it is those who actually have advanced degrees in economics and/or those who actually study/report on China’s economy who know the most.  That should not be a surprise.  And I want to stress that I do not necessarily agree with any of these people, but I do respect their analysis.  Having said all this, here goes:  Michael Pettis, Patrick Chovanac, Tom Orlick (who writes for the WSJ), Elias C. Grivoyannis.  I am sure there are a lot more out there working at universities or investment banks, but these are the ones who write a fair amount and with whom I am familiar.  Would love to hear about more though.

I really would, as I know that I am leaving out a number of very good economists who often write about China (in fact, there is one who I frequently read, but whose name escapes me right now).  So it would be great if you, loyal readers, would in the comments list out the economists that frequently write about China’s economy, in English, and do so from a position of knowledge, not mere uninformed speculation.  Thanks.

UPDATE:  The person I read, but whose name escaped me — but has since returned, thanks to a comment below — is Andy Xie.  I definitely also should have mentioned Nicholas Lardy, especially since my daughter is reading his excellent book, Sustaining China’s Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis for her emerging economies course and I read large swaths of it when she left it at my house for a few days.

Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.