June 12 – China: Lessons Learned

James H. Breece, Associate Professor, University of Maine School of Economics

DATE: Thursday, June 12, 2014
TIME: 7:30 AM
LOCATION: Bangor Public Library

Event is Free and Open to the Public – No Registration Required

Abstract: After traveling to China numerous times for work and pleasure; reading many books and articles on China’s history and economy; and strongly feeling that Maine college students should be exposed to China’s culture, politics, and economy, I decided to offer a new course at UMaine on the Chinese Economy.

The course was not a traditional lecture course, but based on a new pedagogy called “flip.” Students were assigned readings in a textbook and supplemental books and the class time was devoted to discussion of the issues – not lectures. To enhance the discussion, experts within Maine and China were invited to class to lead the discussion with the students.

The talk at the Bangor Forum will cover the new pedagogy of what I call “leveraged flip” and some of the surprising lessons learned about China. The lessons learned will cover: doing business in China; exporting and importing to and from China; current trends within China; China’s internal and external threats and opportunities; and a look into China’s future.

About the speaker: James H. Breece joined the economics faculty at the University of Maine in 1983. His specialties are in macroeconomics; open economy macroeconomics; international trade; and economic modeling and forecasting. He has conducted research in exchange rate volatility; monetary policies under various exchange rate regimes; and structural economic modeling, simulations, and forecasting. He also conducts research analyzing the impact of higher educational attainment on economic development; the economics of China; and monitors and forecasts the Maine economy. He spent a year at the University of Melbourne working with general equilibrium models to forecast the Australian economy; worked for a year as a consultant to the Central Bank of New Zealand on economic forecasting and monetary policy; and currently is a member of the Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee. He is also a Trustee of a local hospital. For the past several years Dr. Breece has held numerous administrative appointments in higher education, including Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Maine System.