Dr. Wang's research interests lie in the interface between law, politics, economy, and society, with a thematic focus on international development. He was educated at Beijing University and the University of Chicago, both characterized by their nurturing grounds for interdisciplinary trespassing. Before joining the School of Government, Politics, and Global Studies, he had the privilege to work and study with Professor Ronald Coase at the University of Chicago Law School on law and economics and the new institutional economics.
The primary concern of his research is transition and developing economies. Wang's approach to economic development emphasizes the institutional and organizational structure of the economic system, particularly, the legal framework and social structure within which the economy operates and evolves. Comparative study of international development has led him to appreciate different routes to a market-based social economy conditioned by various local circumstances.
Dr. Wang's current empirical research on transition economies has a geographic focus on China. He is collaborating with Professor Coase on a monograph, How China Became Capitalist, to be published by the Institute of Economic Affairs based in London.
He has published Cultural Psychology: Culture and Mind (Zhongshan University Press, 1993, with Chen Weiqi and Dai Jianling, in Chinese),Making a Market Economy: the Institutional Transformation of a Freshwater Fishery in a Chinese Community (Routledge 2005), and articles in American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Politics and Society, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Transaction Cost & Division of Labor, and New Global Studies.