Ralph W. Huenemann

 Ralph W. Huenemann
Professor Emeritus


BA, Oberlin College (1961); MA, Harvard (1965); PhD, Harvard (1982)



Fields of Scholarly Interest:

  • Economy of China
  • International Trade, Finance and Development
  • Project Appraisal (Cost-Benefit Analysis)
  • Global Business and Society

Ralph W. Huenemann (胡永年) is a professor emeritus with the Gustavson School of Business where he occasionally teaches. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Asian Business and has extensive consulting experience specifically:

For the World Bank: China Second Railway Project; Korea Gyonggi Regional Transport Project; China Third Railway Project; China Fourth Railway Project; China Inner Mongolia Local Railway Project; China Water Transport Study; China Railways O.I.S., Data Transmission and Telecommunications Network Report; China Grain Distribution and Marketing Project; etc.

For the International Development Research Centre: advisory mission to China’s Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade for GATT preparations.

For the Canadian International Development Agency: workshops on international trade and investment for coastal city mayors; Lanzhou Urban Transport Modeling Project with Gansu University of Technology; etc.

Huenemann, R.W. (Forthcoming). "Imperialism and China, c. 1800-1949". In Timothy Wright (ed). Oxford Bibliographies: Chinese Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Huenemann, R.W. (2013). "The World Bank and China: Future Prospects". Asia and the Pacific Policies Studies, I:1.

Huenemann, R.W. (2013). "Economic Reforms, 1978-Present". In Timothy Wright (ed). Oxford Bibliographies: Chinese Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Huenemann, R.W. (2009). "Banking: Overview," "Banking: Big Four," "BOT Contracts (Build-Operate-Transfer)," "Foreign Currency Reserves," and "Transport Infrastructure: Railways since 1876". Encyclopedia of Modern China. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale.

Huenemann, R.W. & Zhang. A. (2004). Competition policy for the airlines industry in APEC economies. In Erlinda Medalla (ed.), Competition Policy in the New Millenium. London: Routledge.

Huenemann, R.W. (2003). Eisenbahnpolitik. In B. Staiger, S. Friedrich & H.W. Schütte (eds.), Das Grosse China Lexikon. Darmstadt: Primus Verlag, 2003.

Huenemann, R.W. (2001). Are China’s Recent Transport Statistics Plausible? China Economic Review, 12, 368-372.

Huenemann, R.W. (2000). Anomalies in the Sino-Canadian Trade Data, with Particular Reference to the Hong Kong Re-Export Trade. Journal of Contemporary China, 9(24), 333-343.

Huenemann, R.W. (2000). Liberalization of manufacturing sectors: The automobile industry in China. In I. Yamazawa (ed.), APEC: Its Challenges and Tasks for the Future. London: Routledge.

Huenemann, R.W. (1991). Modernizing China’s transport system. Joint Economic Committee, China’s Economic Dilemmas in the 1990s: The Problems of Reforms, Modernization and Interdependence. Washington, D.C.: GPO.

Huenemann, R.W. (1990). Family planning in Taiwan: The conflict between ideologues and technocrats. Modern China, 16(2), 173-189.

Huenemann, R.W. (1990). Chinese-Canadian trade relations. Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, 1(1).

Huenemann, R.W. (1989). A persistent error in cost-benefit analysis: The case of the three gorges dam in China. Energy Systems and Policy, 8(2).

Huenemann, R.W. (1984). The Dragon and the Iron Horse: The Economics of Railroads in China 1876-1937. Harvard University Press.

Huenemann, R.W. & Ho, S.P.S. (1984). China’s Open Door Policy: The Quest for Foreign Technology and Capital. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Huenemann, R.W. (1966). Urban Rationing in Communist China. China Quarterly, 26.

Selected Presentations:

“The World Bank and China,” Beijing Forum, Peking University, 2010.
“China’s Role in the Global Economy: The Continuing Quest for Wealth and Power,” 

 UVic Masterminds Lecture, 2009.

“Can China Find a Path to Sustainable Development?”, Oberlin College, 2008.

 “The Quest for a Pro-Poor Methodology for Project Appraisal: Rural Roads in Western China,” Center for Human and Economic Development Studies, Peking University, 2006.

  • National Merit Scholar (1957)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1960)
  •  Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Fellow (1961)
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1963)
  • Faculty Award of Excellence, Commerce Students’ Society (2000)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Commerce Students’ Society (2002)
  • Award of Excellence for Outstanding Teaching, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria (2004)    

After two years (2006-2008) of teaching at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Dr. Huenemann in retirement teaches occasionally at the Gustavson School of Business.

Courses Taught:

  • Harvard: Principles of Economics
  • UBC: Principles of Economics, Development Economics, Economy of China
  • UC-Santa Cruz: Economy of China, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Socialist Economics, Economic History of Europe, Principles of Economics 
  • UVic: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Developmental Administration, Managerial Economics and Finance, International Business, International Finance, Economy of China, Global Business and Society
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University: Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • China Europe International Business School (CEIBS): International Business
  • Guanghua School of Management, Peking University: International Finance, Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Economy of China
  • University of Economics, Prague: Economy of China