Business Confidence Index – How Is It Constructed and How Can It Be Used?
2016-03-16  - New York

As China, the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power, slides into its slowest annual expansion in 24 years, the country’s growth is closely watched by everyone in China and around the world. With the significant drop of the RMB against the US dollar, the equity market bubble and rising debt levels, doubts and anxiety are rising around China’s economic development and its implications globally. How do Chinese firms and business leaders view the country’s economic situation? Are they positive about the prospects ahead? Do multinational companies share their sentiment?  

Drawing on CKGSB Professor Li Wei’s Business Confidence Index (BCI)—a unique index launched in 2011 that measures the business sentiment of Chinese executives about China’s macro-economic environment—and expertise from globally renowned economists, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) will host a China Economic Symposium at CKGSB’s New York Office at 5:00-7:30pm on Wednesday, 16 March 2016, to shed light on the prospects of and confidence level in China’s economic outlook.


5:00-5:30pm Registration
5:30-5:35pm Welcome Remarks
5:35-6:15pm Presentation by CKGSB Professor Li Wei and Q&A with Audience
6:15-7:00pm Panel Discussion on China’s Economic Reform and Growth Potential
Li Wei, Professor of Economics and Director of the Case Center, CKGSB
Panelist lineup TBA
7:00-7:25pm Q&A with Audience
7:25-7:30pm Closing Remarks

Language: English

Venue: CKGSB New York Office, 601 Lexington Avenue, Floor 26, Suite 2640, New York City, NY 10022


SPACE IS LIMITED, please click here to register for the event

Individual event is at a $30 fee – or, enroll first as a 2016 Knowledge Series Member to receive a tremendous value on admission to all 2016 Knowledge Series events.

About the speaker:

Li Wei
Professor of Economics


Dr. Li Wei is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Case Center at CKGSB. He formerly served as a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Previously, he was a research associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Studies and taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business strives to drive economic development and social progress through interaction with communities of high-level academics and business elites, thus becoming a catalyst of positive social transformation and an advocate of new business culture. 

This discussion is part of the “Knowledge Series” conducted by CKGSB. This series is centered on hot topics in China and Asia. It is hosted by CKGSB and its world-class New York resident professors, together with scholars from first-rate global partner organizations. 

Each month it will present different topics in different forms, including lectures, discussions, etc., with the purpose of spreading cutting-edge knowledge and perspectives related to China and promoting deep dialogue in Chinese, Asian, and global academic and business circles.


Julie Zhu

Program Manager

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

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