Jane Golley is an economist focused on a range of Chinese transition and development issues. She is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. She is presently working on China's demographic change and economic performance, China's labour surplus and rural-urban inequalities in education, and Chinese urban household consumption and carbon emissions.
Golley completed her Bachelor of Economics at the ANU in 1993, with a major in Japanese. She began her career in the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury before undertaking her Mphil and Dphil in Economics at the University of Oxford, writing her thesis on "The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development". After eight years of studying and teaching in Oxford (interspersed with stints at the World Bank in Washington DC, the United Nations University WIDER in Helsinki and two semesters studying Chinese at Renmin University), she returned to ANU in the School of Economics and subsequently moved to the Crawford School of Economics and Government, where she developed a graduate course on "China in the World". In addition to her current research, she has published a book on Chinese regional development and journal articles and book chapters on Chinese industrial agglomeration and regional policy; China's real exchange rate; and cross-country comparisons of trade openness, institutions and growth. She is currently the President of the Chinese Economic Society Australia (CESA).