Wealth and Politics in Asia


Harvard-Yenching Institute Annual Roundtable
March 22, 2023

Link to video: https://youtu.be/BnM3dQDWHs8


  • Yuen Yuen Ang, Alfred Chandler Chair of Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University
  • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Devesh Kapur, Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Pasuk Phongpaichit, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, Chulalongkorn University
  • Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia

Moderator: Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

How does the recent rise of a super-rich stratum across much of Asia affect the politics of different countries? Are the ultra-affluent more likely to wield influence in democracies or in authoritarian regimes? Through what means and to what ends? An inter-disciplinary panel of experts on China, India and Southeast Asia will share observations and insights on this timely issue.

This event was co-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University Asia Center, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs