Kelcy Hahn teaches Microeconomics and International Economics at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. Ironically, even though I teach in China, all my students are from countries other than China! It’s like teaching a mini-U.N.

  1. Brent Richards
    November 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Kelcy –

    Are there other econ departments like this in China, where the students are from a lot of different countries?



    • Kelcy Hahn
      November 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

      There are. Here’s an example: http://www.bisu.edu.cn/Item/16329.aspx

      As I understand it, although there have long been opportunities for foreign students to study in China, until recently most of the emphasis has been on teaching Chinese or other subjects that students would especially need to come to China to learn, like Chinese traditional medicine.

      A shift is happening now: as China’s economy has climbed to lower-middle income status, its higher education system has improved and received a lot of investment from the government. Now, for many students in countries below China on the higher education ladder, China is an attractive place to study other subjects like computer science or international trade. These schools still aren’t competitive with most schools in the UK, US, Australia, Singapore, etc. but are more and more competitive internationally.

      It’s ironic, isn’t it, that my students come to China and take courses like “Academic Writing in English.” It’s a positive outgrowth of China’s economic strength and portends a shift away from making toys and textiles and towards provide “export” services like education.

      • Brent Richards
        November 30, 2012 at 11:47 am


  2. April 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Mr. Kelcy, in relation to the Preferential Trade Agreements chapter we covered last time, we talked about the Economic Union being the Ultimate form of such agreements and a fine example of all that is the European Union.
    With recent developments in that Union, particularly the near collapse of the Cyprus economy and the following European Union bailout package that entailed alot of austerity measures including the closing of Laiki Bank, savings of more than $120,000 facing massive slashes etc.
    Do you think the bail out was ”just” to the Cypriot economy?,
    Was it really the best deal the EU could come up with? or Would the EU have been more considerate, lets say a bigger player in the EU, like Italy or Portugal had been in Cyprus’ position.
    The massive tax on savings more than $120,000, some could argue it was a direct hit to more than $12 billion of Russian money that many across the EU believed to have been money laundered from the Kremlin, do you think that argument is feasible?
    Lastly, the EU in general has been rocked with economic instabilities, like Greece, Portugal and Spain, France, what do you think is the main problem? or its just that a large scale integration of both social and economic policies of all those countries is demanding?
    Do you think the EU will last ?

  3. April 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm


    Great question–and way above my pay grade. My only thoughts on the matter are (1) The EU took a long time to build and probably has a lot of underlying strength not obvious, and certainly not emphasized by journalists trained to highlight conflict and trouble, and (2) things like the collapse of a country or agreement seem to “happen very slow until they happen very fast,” in other words, there’s a fundamental unpredictability about this.

    I will make one prediction: if the EU holds together, almost everyone currently predicting it’s imminent demise will fail to admit they were wrong.

  4. April 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Mr. Kelcy , am sorry i had to write to you through your blog, i just couldn’t come acoss your email address.Well about that recommendation we discussed, please use the name
    Thank you so much, and am looking forward to your reply.
    Albin. (my email is eae.royals@gmail.com)

  5. Narin Khurana
    April 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Mr. Kelcy,

    How have you been doing? I saw your teaching video today and it makes feel going back to sit in the class listening to your lecture and doing all your daily quizzes. What a great time!!!! My regards to Ms Jolain as well. Narin

    • Kelcy Hahn
      April 23, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Narin, great to hear from you!

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