- Ph.D., economics, University of Michigan
- M.A., economics, University of Michigan
- B.A., Chinese studies, University of Denver
Dr. Prime is Clinical Professor of International Business in the Institute of International Business at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, and Founding Director and Board Member of the China Research Center. She was a visiting professor at Duke University during the spring semester, 2019, teaching at Duke Kunshan University in China.
Beginning with her first visit to China in 1976, Dr. Prime has over 40 years of experience studying and working within Chinese culture and the dynamic Chinese economy. After majoring in Chinese studies and studying Mandarin as an undergraduate, she earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. She was one of the first U.S. graduate students to visit China for dissertation research after the U.S. and China normalized relations.
Dr. Prime’s experience includes directing study abroad programs, taking over 400 students to China; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; traveling across most of China and living in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.
Dr. Prime’s research focuses on China’s economy and business environment, including topics such as China’s foreign trade and investment, industrial and technological progress, and provincial development, as well as applied business and economics cases on China and Asia. Her books include Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game? (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009), Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011), and Economic Development in India and China: New Perspectives on Progress and Change, edited with Kishore G. Kulkarni. Her articles have been published in Growth & Change, Economic Development Quarterly, Applied Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, China Economic Review, The Chinese Economy, Mercer Law Review, Pacific Economic Review, Osaka Economic Papers, and Business Economics, among others. She serves on the editorial boards of China Economic Review and Eurasia Geography & Economics, and has received numerous grants, including from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scholarly Communications with the PRC, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
In 2001, Dr. Prime launched the China Research Center, a non-profit with a mission to promote research and education about greater China. She is also managing editor of the Center’s journal, China Currents.
- “Geographical Variation in Wages of Workers in Low-Wage Service Occupations:
A U.S. Metropolitan Area Analysis,” (with Donald Grimes and Mary Beth Walker), Economic Development Quarterly, 33(2) (2019):121-133. First published March 29, 2019; DOI:10.1177/0891242419836493.
- “Who Will Lead Global Growth? Slowing Trends are the New Normal,” (with Kishore G. Kulkarni), Global Business Review, 20(3) (2017), 573-594. DOI:10.1177/0972150917731014. Online version published June 2019 at https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/gbra/20/3.
- “Exploring Wage Determination by Education Level: A U.S. MSA Analysis for 2005-2012,” (with Donald Grimes and Mary Beth Walker), Economic Development Quarterly, 30.3 (August 2016): 191-202. Published February 11, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/0891242416628995.
- “Emerging Market Challenges: Moving Beyond Trade to Promote the Middle Class and Avoid the Middle-Income Trap,” Mercer Law Review, Walter F. George School of Law, 65.3 (2014):733-758.
- “Determinants of Firm Leverage: Further Evidence from China,” (with Li Qi), Chinese Economy, 46.2 (2013): 74-106.
- “Sustaining China’s Economic Growth: New Leaders, New Directions?,” Eurasian Geography and Economics 53.6 (2012): 688-701.
- “Utilizing FDI to Stay Ahead: The Case of Singapore,” Studies in Comparative International Development 47.2 (2012):139-160.
- “Competitiveness in India and China: The FDI Puzzle,” (with Vijaya Subrahmanyam and Chen Miao Lin), Asia Pacific Business Review, 18.3 (2012):303-333.
- “China and India Enter Global Markets: A Review of Comparative Economic Development and Future Prospects,” Eurasian Geography and Economics 50.6 (2009):1-22.
- “Market Reforms and Consumption Puzzles in China” (with Li Qi), China Economic Review 20.3 (2009):388-401.
- “Change in the Concentration of Employment in Computer Services: Spatial Estimation at the U.S. Metro County Level,” (with Donald Grimes and Mary Beth Walker), Growth & Change, 38.1 (March 2007):39-55.
- “China’s WTO Compliance: Commitment and Progress in the Initial Stage,” in China and the Challenge of Economic Globalization: The Impact of WTO Membership, edited by Hung-Gay Fung, Changhong Pei and Kevin H. Zhang. M.E.Sharpe, 2005.
- “Funding Economic Transition in China: The Privatization Option,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 45.5 (2004):382-394.
- “Consolidated Engineering Goes to China,” (with Travis Maples), in Readings and Cases in International Management: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, by David C. Thomas (Sage, 2003).
- “China Joins the WTO: How, Why, and What Now?” Business Economics (April 2002):26-32.
- “Capital Mobility and Investor Confidence: The Case of Hong Kong and China,” (with Mary Bumgarner), Pacific Economic Review 5.2 (June 2000):263-278.
- “The Future of Hong Kong and China: Insights from Economic Theory,” (with Mary Bumgarner), in Lin Guijin and C. Jayachandra, eds., Vol.6: The Managerial Process and Impact of Foreign Investment in Greater China, Advances in Chinese Industrial Studies series edited by Nigel Campbell (London: JAI Press, 1999).
- “Exports and Economic Growth in China,” (with Jong H. Park), pp.33-49 in Farok J. Contractor, ed., Economic Transformation in Emerging Countries: The Role of Investment, Trade and Finance, Series in International Business and Economics, (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1998).
- “China’s Foreign Trade and Investment Strategies: Implications for the Business Environment,” (with Jong H. Park), Business Economics XXXII.4 (October 1997):29-35.
- “Export Performance and Economic Growth in China: Evidence from Cross-Provincial Analysis,” (with Jong H. Park), Applied Economics 29 (1997):1353-1363.
- “Reply to ‘A Comment on ‘Industry’s Response to Market Liberalization in China: Evidence from Jiangsu Province’,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 45.3 (April 1997):671-674.
- “China’s Economic Progress: Is It Sustainable?” in William Joseph, ed., China Briefing: The Contradictions of Change (M. E. Sharpe, 1997).
- “Options for Market Reforms in China,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 42.4 (July 1994):869-878.
- “The Study of the Chinese Economy,” in The American Study of Contemporary China, pp.82-119. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe and The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1993.
- “The Economy in Overdrive: Will It Crash?” Current History, special issue on China (September 1993):260-264.
- “Industry’s Response to Market Liberalization in China: Evidence from Jiangsu Province,” Economic Development and Cultural Change 41.1 (October 1992):27-50.
- “Taxation Reform in China’s Public Finance,” in Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, China’s Economic Dilemmas in the 1990s: The Problems of Reforms, Modernization, and Interdependence, pp.167-185. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991 and M.E. Sharpe, 1992.
- “Central-Provincial Investment and Finance: The Cultural Revolution and its Legacy in Jiangsu Province,” in William Joseph, Christine Wong, and David Zweig, eds., New Perspectives on the Cultural Revolution, pp.197-215. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.
- “The Spatial Implications of China’s Economic Reforms, 1978 to 1988,” in Gregory Veeck, ed., The Uneven Landscape: Geographic Studies in Post-Reform China, pp.9-27. Geoscience Publications, Louisiana State University, 1991.Books:
- China Currents: Special Edition 2017, Edited with James R. Schiffman. China Research Center, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9826415-6-9.
- China Currents: Special Edition 2015, Edited with James R. Schiffman. China Research Center, 2015. ISBN 978-0-9826415-4-5.
- China Currents: Special Edition 2012, Edited with James R. Schiffman. China Research Center, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9826415-2-1.
- Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, Edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver. Routledge, 2011. ISBN 978-0-4156045-8-1
- China Currents: Special Edition 2010, Edited with James R. Schiffman. China Research Center, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9826415-0-7.
- Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game? Edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. ISBN 978-0-230-61589-2
- Economic Development in India and China: New Perspectives on Progress and Change, Edited with Kishore G. Kulkarni. New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2007. ISBN: 978-81-8387-114-3.
- Global Economics, (with Mary Bumgarner and Jennifer DeLaney), 2nd edition (SC: Travenners Publishing Co., 2000).
- “Geographical Variation in Wages of Workers in Low-Wage Service Occupations: