Public Policy Student Receives Fellowship from Economic Club of Washington

Posted: May 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Shaoming Cheng, a PhD candidate in the School of Public Policy, received one of two $10,000 fellowships presented by the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Tuesday night.

Cheng, who has a master’s in economics from Nankai Institute of Economics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, and a BA in international trade from Ocean University of Qingdao, China, says the fellowship will support his dissertation.

“In my dissertation, I am trying to model the location selection of Japanese investors in China and propose policy recommendations to influence their location choices in light of China’s recent accession to the [World Trade Organization],” Cheng says. “In addition, I am also trying to look at the taste variations of Japanese investors in their location choices, and integrate these variations into the final policy recommendations. Taste variations here mean that, for example, for a certain policy, different Japanese investors may have different reactions.”

Cheng says that at this point, his only long-term goal is to finish his dissertation. “I am happily married and do not have children yet. My wife is a CPA and works in D.C. I am a pretty boring guy. But I do like travel, soccer, and beer, when I have time.”

Cheng is particularly proud of his hometown of Qingdao, which used to be a German colony. “So it is not surprising to find China’s largest beer brewing factory at Qingdao,” he says. “Tons of Germans come to see the historical German architecture, which you cannot even find in Germany due to World War II.” He adds, “Qingdao is also the third largest port in China, and has arguably the most beautiful beach in China. Qingdao will host all the water sports in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.”

The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit corporation that provides a forum for prominent business and government leaders to share their views on important economic issues and how they affect the region, the nation, and the world. It was formed, according to its web site, “in recognition of the unique and critical role that Washington plays in the world economy and of the area’s increasing economic diversity and importance as a center of business activity.” The club works with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area to select fellowship winners from the 14 consortium universities. The other PhD candidate selected for a fellowship is Alexander Whalley, University of Maryland, College Park.

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