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U-M study finds that concentration of China's real estate industry led to property market crisis

"The concentration of the real estate industry not only exacerbates challenges for the national economy, but also brings negative impacts to local economies," says Lan Deng, U-M Professor of Urban and Regional Planning.

II Director Mary Gallagher in the "New York Times"

"Because of China’s dominance in green-energy technology, particularly electric vehicles, the U.S. now has higher priorities than upholding traditional free trade principles."

The Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan was founded in 1961 and has been a national leader in Chinese studies for over 50 years. A member of the International Institute, the center provides students, specialists, and the public with expert resources and a deeper understanding of contemporary and historical issues related to China.

New Blog Post: Yan Chen: How to Motivate Experts to Contribute

Getting experts to contribute to open content, such as Wikipedia, is not an easy task as experts often have high demands on their time. But one way to increase expert contributions is to understand what motivates them to contribute, a University of Michigan study shows.

The study, led by U-M behavioral and experimental economist Yan Chen, finds that an accurate match between a task and an expert's expertise can significantly increase the quality and length of expert contributions. Chen and colleagues observed a lack of expert participation in Wikipedia writing and editing, resulting in inaccuracies, incompleteness and outdated information across many Wikipedia articles. Given Wikipedia's status as one of the top five most visited websites in the English-speaking world and its role as a primary knowledge source for the general public, enhancing the quality of its content has become imperative, Chen says. 

Read the full discussion on the LRCCS blog.

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