Mao Yushi

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Mao Yushi
Maoyushi 2011.JPG
Born (1929-01-14) January 14, 1929 (age 90)
Alma materTianjin Nankai High School
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
RelativesMao Yisheng (uncle)
AwardsMilton Friedman Liberty Prize

Mao Yushi (Chinese: 茅于轼; born 14 January 1929 in Nanjing, Jiangsu) is a Chinese economist. Mao graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1950 and was labeled a 'rightist' in 1958. In 1986 Mao was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and in 1990 Mao was a senior lecturer at Queensland University.[1][2]


He co-founded the Unirule Institute of Economics, which educated new and old generations of Chinese on the importance of private property, freedom of choice, voluntary exchange, rule of law, and other aspects of the free market economy, teaching how to transition away from central planning. On 4 May 2012 Mao Yushi was awarded the Cato Institute's Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty for his work in classical liberalism and free-market economics.[3][4] In October 2014 Beijing began a "crackdown on dissent" by banning the publication of his works.[5] In January 2017 they also shut down his Web site.[6] In December 2018, he announced he will withdraw from CPC.[7]

Criticism of Mao Zedong[edit]

Mao Yushi wrote an online column criticizing the communist and totalitarian policies of Mao Zedong in China. He was attacked by Maoists in the country, who called for his arrest.[8][9]


Mao's uncle was the famous engineer Mao Yisheng.[10]


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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-05-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Wee, Sui-Lee; Rajagopalan, Megha (13 October 2014). "China detains scholar, bans books in crackdown on moderate voices". Reuters. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  6. ^ Cato Institute, Jan. 24, 2017
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  8. ^ The Economist
  9. ^ The Pöttpourri (in German)
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External links[edit]

Texts by Mao Yushi translated in French and English