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Thomas Lyons

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Tom Lyons (Professor of Economics) studies China's recent economic history. He is especially interested in spatial aspects of development, including patterns of regional specialization and interregional trade, spatial disparities in output and consumption, and institutions and policies that shape the spatial structure of the economy. His current project investigates spatial aspects of development in Fujian province, using county-level sources.

During 1972-76, Lyons served in the US Navy. He then attended Cornell—as both an undergrad (BA, Asian Studies) and a graduate student (PhD, Economics). Before joining the Cornell faculty in 1988, he taught at Dartmouth College and at Columbia University.

Lyons is a former director of Cornell's East Asia Program and a former editor of the Cornell East Asia [Book] Series. He also served for many years as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Economics Department and as Director of the Honors Program in Economics. He is currently a member of the East Asia Program's China faculty, the graduate field of Asian Studies, and the associated faculties in Asian Studies and in China and Asia-Pacific Studies.

In addition to teaching Cornell's course on the Chinese economy, Lyons teaches two courses in American economic history.