管中閔於 1989 年獲 University of California, San Diego, 經濟博士學位, 隨後任教於 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 和台灣大學經濟系。他於 1999 年轉任中央研究院經濟研究所,並於 2001 年起擔任所長,其間升等為特聘研究員。他於 2009 年轉回台灣大學財務金融系,任「台大講座」教授。管中閔於 2012 年被任命為行政院政務委員,次年兼任經濟建設委員會主任委員,再一年為國家發展委員會首任主任委員,但於 2015 年辭職。管中閔先後於 2002 與 2014 年獲選為中央研究院和世界科學院 (TWAS) 院士。
Chung-Ming Kuan received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, San Diego, in 1989. He was an assistant professor and associate professor with tenure at the Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1989-1996), full professor at the Department of Economics, National Taiwan University (1994-1999), and a distinguished research fellow and the director of the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica (1999-2009).
He was elected as an Academician of Academia Sinica in 2002 and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2014. During 2012-2015, Kuan was Minister without Portfolio in the Executive Yuan of ROC government and also served as Minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development and Minister of the National Development Council. He is now NTU Chair Professor in the National Taiwan University and the director of the Center for Research in Econometric Theory and Applications.