Bai Gao

Bai Gao

Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
341 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5620


I have two ongoing projects. One is to study how the dollar's key currency status and the U.S. role as the major liquidity supplier in the postwar period have affected U.S. domestic political economy and how such impacts have led to the skyrocketing federal debt, a fiat economy and high unemployment rate. The other is to study how the changing international environments have changed the Chinese perception of geography and pushed it to a new development strategy of Eurasian continental economic integration.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1994

Selected Grants

FDI and the Chinese Model of Economic Development in Comparative Perspectives awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Institutional Analysis of Global Production Networks: Market Competition and Industrial Upgrading in the Chinese Automob awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2004

(98-0595) Facism Versus Liberalism: The Transformation of Economic Governance in Germany, Japan, and the United States i awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999

(95-0024) Conspicuous Consumption in Contemporary China awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1995

Gao, Bai. ““International Monetary Regimes and Domestic Political Economies: The Origins of the Global Glut of Liquidity.”.” The Handbook of the Sociology of Finance., edited by Karin Knorr Cetina and Alex Preda, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Gao, B. “The Rubik’s Cube State: A Reconceptualization of Political Change in Contemporary China (a Chinese translation).” Overseas Studies on Contemporary China, edited by Hong Cheng and Ma Xiaohe, vol. 1, Shanghai Social Science Academy Press, 2010, pp. 3–28.

Gao, B. “The Postwar Japanese Economy.” A Companion to Japanese History, 2007, pp. 299–314. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9780470751398.ch18. Full Text

Gao, B. “The Japanese Economy in the Postwar Period.” The Encyclopedia of Japan, edited by William Tsutsui, Black Well, 2006.

Gao, B. “"The State and the Associational Order of the Japanese Economy: The Institutionalization of Cartels and Trade Associations in Japan (1931-1945)".” The Sociology of the Economy, edited by Frank Dobbin, Russel Sage Foundation, 2004.

Gao, B. “The social construction of competitive advantage.” China: An International Journal, vol. 14, no. 1, Feb. 2016, pp. 3–18.

Gao, Bai. “INTRODUCTION The Social Construction of Competitive Advantage.” China an International Journal, vol. 14, no. 1, NUS PRESS PTE LTD, Feb. 2016, pp. 3–18.

Gao, B. ““The Informal Economy in the Era of Information Revolution and Globalization: The Shanzhai Cell Phone Industry in China.” Chinese Journal of Sociology, vol. 31, Shanghai University, Mar. 2011.

Gao, B. “"The Rubik’s Cube State: A Reconceptualization of Political Change in Contemporary China" (a Chinese translation).” Social Sciences in China (Internal Version), vol. 24, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Dec. 2010, pp. 100–19.

Gao, B. ““The Obama Administration and the Coming of the Post-Globalization Era.” (in Chinese).” Observation and Exchange, Beijing University China & the World Research Center, 2010, pp. 1–32.

Gao, B. ““Globalization and the Origins of Japanese Developmentalism".” Comparativ – Zeitschrift Für Globalgeschichte Und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung., vol. 19, 2010, pp. 10–24.

Gao, B. “The Rubik's Cube state: A reconceptualization of political change in contemporary China.” Research in the Sociology of Work, vol. 19, Dec. 2009, pp. 409–38. Scopus, doi:10.1108/S0277-2833(2009)0000019017. Full Text

Gao, B. ““The International Monetary Order and Domestic Political Economy.” (in Chinese).” Sociological Studies, 2009, pp. 1–15.


Gao, Bai. ““The United States is Leading the Third Industrial Revolution” (in Chinese).” The Phoenix Weekly, vol. 437, June 2012, pp. 76–78.

Gao, B. ““The benefits of Non-separation of State-Corporate Governance.”.” The Phoenix Weekly, vol. 430, Mar. 2012, p. p.84-84.

Gao, B. ““The Dollar Standard and the Global Production System: The Institutional Origins of the Global Financial Crisis.”.” Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology., vol. 9, ASA Economic Sociology Section, 2010, pp. 6–8.

Gao, B. ““Why is the Japanese Economy in Trouble.”.” Accounts: A Newsletter of Economic Sociology Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, vol. 2, 2002, pp. 6–6.

Gao, B. “The Impact of Hong Kong’s Return to China on Sino-Japanese Relations..” The 1997 Effect:Hong Kong, China and the Pacific Region, edited by Guoguang Wu Hong Kong The Pacific Century Institute in Chinese, 1997, pp. 209–18.

Gao, B. “The Territory Dispute: China, Taiwan and Japan..” The World Journal, Oct. 1996.

Gao, B. “The Impact of Japan’s Return to Asia on the China-Taiwan Relations..” Politics, Economy, Society and Cross Strait Relations, edited by by the Chinese Association of Political Science and International Studies Hong Kong Sanlian Publisher in Chinese, 1996, pp. 165–76.

Jissen-ha Economics and Japanese Industrial Policy..” Kyoto Conference on Japanese Studies, vol. 3, 1994, pp. 289–300.