Professor Qian was born in Beijing. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1981, majoring in Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1990, after earning an M.Phil. in Management Science/Operations Research from Yale University in 1984 and an M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University in 1982. Before joining Tsinghua University in October 2006, he taught at Stanford University, the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Dean and Professor at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.
His main research areas are economics of organization and institutions, economics of transition, and China's economic reform and development. He has published numerous papers in leading economic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, etc. His academic honorary titles include Fellow of the Economic Society and Winner of the Sun Yefang Prize in 2009.
He is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the People’s Bank of China, member of the National Education and Examination Steering Committee, Advisory Board Member at Health Reform Office of the State Council, member of the Central Enterprises’ Outside Director Qualification Accreditation Committee, and member of the Steering Committee of Implementation of Basel II in China’s Banking Industry. He is the Vice Executive Chairman of China Center for International Economic Exchanges, member of Chinese Economists 50 Forum, President of the Academic Board of China Finance 40 Forum, Executive Board Member at International Economic Association, and Advisory Board Member at the School of Business and Management, Hongkong University of Science and Technology.