• The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Prof. Yanrui Wu is an economist specializing in development economics, international trade and applied econometric modelling. His research interests include the Chinese and Asian economies, productivity analysis, economic growth, resource and environmental economics. He has published extensively in these fields. His work has appeared in many SSCI-listed journals such as Energy Economics, Energy, Applied Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Empirical Economics, China Economic Review, Economics Letters, Pacific Economic Review and Resources Policy. He is the author of several books such as Productive Performance in Chinese Enterprises (Macmillan, 1996), China’s Consumer Revolution (Edward Elgar Publishers, 1999), The Macroeconomics of East Asian Growth (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2002), China’s Economic Growth (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), Productivity, Efficiency and Economic Growth in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Understanding Economic Growth in China and India (World Scientific Publishing, 2012). Prof Wu is on the editorial board of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies (Routledge, UK), China Agricultural Economic Review (Emerald, UK)and East Asian Policy (NUS, Singapore). He is also an Associate Editor of China Economic Review (Elsevier) and the General Editor of Advances in Chinese Economic Studies book series published by Edward Elgar Publishers, UK. His teaching interests include international economics, business econometrics and development economics.

Future research

Energy and environmental economics;
Innovation economics; and
Economic growth in China, India and Indonesia

Funding overview

Yanrui Wu and Dora Marinova, 2010,"Energy Efficiency, Economic Growth and the
Environment in China", ARC Discovery project, $357,000

Prof. Yanrui Wu 2007, “Economic Growth and the Environment: A Study of China's Regional Economies”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $12,949.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 2005, “Sources of Economic Growth: A Comparison of China and India “, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $11,000.00. RFCD:

Prof. Kenneth Clements, Prof. Yanrui Wu 2003, “International Comparison of Feed Consumption Patterns”, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade - ACIAR, Funds Approved: $21,556.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 2003, “Understanding Economic Growth in Western China.”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $9,835.00. RFCD:

Dr Paul Crompton, Prof. Yanrui Wu 2002, “The Future of Australian Mineral Exports”, ARC Linkage Projects, Funds Approved: $167,780.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 2001, “Measuring economics openness and its impacts on growth: With application to the Chinese regions”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $19,057.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 2001, “Economic Growth, Transition and Globalization in China”, The Ford Foundation, Funds Approved: US$10,000.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 2000, “Economic integration and its impacts on productivity and growth among the Chinese regions”, UWA Research Grants Scheme, Funds Approved: $10,689.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 1999, “Understanding China's regional growth”, ARC Small Grants, Funds Approved: $9,072.00. RFCD:

Prof. Yanrui Wu 1997, “The Performance of Foreign Direct Investment in China: A Comparative Study”, ARC Small Grants, Funds Approved: $17,823.00. RFCD:

Previous positions

2004-2007, Associate Professor, economics, University of Western Australia
2000-2003, Senior Lecturer, economics, University of Western Australia
1997-1999, Lecturer, economics, University of Western Australia
1995-1996, Research Fellow, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University
1993-1994, Postdoctoral Fellow, economics, University of Otago

Industrial relevance

Resource sector

Commodity trade

Teaching overview

Business Econometrics
International Economics
Development Economics


Chinese and Indian economies, Energy and resource economics, Economic growth, Productivity analysis

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Fellow, University of Nottingham


Visiting Snr Research Fellow, National University of Singapore

Aug 2005Jan 2006

Research expertise keywords

  • Applied economic modelling
  • Chinese economy
  • Economic development
  • Economic integration
  • Indian economy
  • Productivity analysis
  • Mineral economics


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