Tao Ran is a professor in School of Economics and the Director of China Center for Public Economics and Governance at Renmin University of China based in Beijing. He is also non-resident senior fellow of Brookings Institution and the Acting director of Tsinghua-Brookings Center. He graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2002. His research focuses on topics related to China’s unfinished economic transition, including the political economy of China’s economic transition, land and household registration reform in China’s urbanization, local governance and public finance in rural China. A specialist on Chinese economy, he has published over 30 articles on international journals and 40 articles on major Chinese social science journals.