I. BASIC INFORMATION
Dates: July 2-4, 2006
Location: Shanghai, P. R. China
II. CONFERENCE THEME
The Chinese Economists Society (CES) is a non-profit professional organization with over one thousand members of Chinese economists and international scholars with research expertise and interests in China's economy, policies, and development. It publishes the China Economic Review which enjoys worldwide circulation and has become one of the most authoritative academic publications in English on the Chinese economy. CES’ annual conference attracts hundreds of participants worldwide to address major economic issues and challenges facing China and the world.
CES will dedicate the 2006 Annual Conference to the theme of "Governing Rapid Growth in China" with a focus on institutional foundations to balance efficiency and equity. The theme is significant and timely from both the research and policy perspectives. China has achieved unprecedentedly high rates of economic growth in the past several decades. However, the growth has been accompanied by rapidly increasing inequality, which threatens social stability and long-term sustainability of economic growth. Facing the challenges, the Chinese government has recently proposed a human-centered development strategy in an effort to build a harmonious and well-off society. The objective of the symposium is to provide a forum for constructive discussions on the notion of efficiency and equity and on how to achieve the goals of more encompassing development through institutional innovations.
Finally, a good understanding of the China's experience in the past two decades would not only help China optimize its long term development strategy, but also offer great lessons and implications for other nations to better shape their future development policies. With its unique economic and political systems, China's rapid growth has defied many conventional economic theories and posed an intellectual challenge for economists to rethink development strategies. The many difficult problems associated with growth also call for great research efforts to find policy solutions. A dialogue between leading domestic and international scholars and policy makers will bring about fruitful results.
III. SUGGESTED TOPICS (not exhaustive)
1. Engines and Constraints of China's Economic Growth
- Sources of growth in a changing world
- Shock, vulnerabilities, and growth
- Natural resources, environment, and growth
- Demographic transition and growth
- Trade, FDI, and financial capital towards sustainable growth
2. Causes, Consequence, and Policy Options of Rising Inequality
- Poverty, inequality and happiness
- Inequality and social consequence
- Privatization and shared growth
- Western China development: opportunities and strategies
- Rural-urban gap: policy options
- Development, transition and gender equality
- Decentralization, governance and regional inequality
3. Institutions to Balance Efficiency and Equity
- Improving education and healthcare systems
- Social safety net and welfare programs
- The role of civil society in poverty reduction
- Mitigating the conflicts between growth and environment
- Local governance and pubic goods provisions
- Social capital, empowerment, and political reforms
- Land rights and growth
- Balancing the interests of workers and investors.
4. China and the World
- The impact of rising China on the world factor and product markets
- Learning from developed countries to better govern rapid growth
- Lessons of Chinese economic reforms and growth
- Managing increasing conflicts with trade partners.
IV. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Xiaobo ZHANG CES President, International Food Policy Research Institute
Xiao-Yuan DONG CES Vice President, Professor, University of Winnipeg
Guan Gong CES Vice President, Associate Professor, SUFE
Yongmiao HONG CES Vice President, Professor, Cornell University
Jack HOU CES Vice President, Professor, California State University
Scott ROZELLE CES Vice President, Professor, Univ. of California, Davis
Shufang ZHANG CES Vice President, Ph.D. candidate, Havard University
Hua FANG Assistant to President, SUFE
Guoqiang TIAN Dean, School of Economics, SUFE
Lin CHENG Associate Dean, School of Economics, SUFE
Yonggang HU Associate Dean, School of Economics, SUFE
Pingfang Zhu Associate Dean, School of Economics, SUFE
III. ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Dr. Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Professor Fang Cai, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Professor Aimin CHEN , Indiana State University and Sichuan University
Dr. David Dollar, World Bank China Country Director
Dr. Shenggen FAN, Director, Division of Development Strategy and Governance, IFPRI
Professor HU Fred, Director, National Center for Economic Research at Tsinghua University and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Professor Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University
Professor David LI, Institute of World Economics Research, Tsinghua University Professor Shi LI, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Beijing Normal University
Professor Justin LIN, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University
Professor Assar Lindbeck, Stockholm University
Professor James Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate, University of Cambridge
Dr. Martin Ravallion, Lead Economist and Senior Research Manager, the World Bank
Professor Mary-Françoise Renard, Director, CERDI, France
Professor Gerard Roland, Unversity of California at Berkeley
Professor Yingyi QIN, University of California at Berkeley
Professor John Strauss, University of Southern California
Professor Min TAN, President of SUFE
Dr. Guanghua WAN, World Institute for Development Economics United Nations Univ.
Professor Jinglian WU, Peking University and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Professor Weiying ZHANG, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
VI. PAPER SUBMISSIONS
The deadline of submission is February 15, 2006. Submissions of organized sessions, completed papers, or extended abstracts (3-5 pages) are invited. The organized session should include title, chair, paper titles and abstracts, authors and discussants. The full-text of a paper should be within 15 pages (single space) with an abstract limited to 400 words, keywords and JEL classification codes, and should follow the style guidelines in the appendix. Papers should be submitted online to the Chinese Economists Society (www.China-CES.org). High quality papers presented at the conference will be solicited for submission to special issues in several renowned domestic and international journals as well as book volumes in Chinese and English.
VII. GREGORY CHOW BEST PAPER AWARD
To honor Professor Gregory Chow's (Princeton University) contribution to CES, the Gregory Chow Best Paper Award ($1,000 each) has been established to honor 1-2 outstanding papers presented at the annual CES meetings for junior scholars (receiving a PhD within the past five years or graduate student). The awardees must be an active CES member, and the primary author of a paper submitted to the conference.
VIII. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND SUBSIDY (see www.China-CES.org)
The registration fee is $75 before May 15, 2006 and $100 after May 15, 2006.
The conference will cover the local accommodation costs of one presenter per accepted paper who is from overseas, has registered the conference, AND paid the CES membership dues by May 15, 2006. Logistic details will be available in the near future on the CES website.
Subject to the status of our fundraising, CES may also subsidize partial international travel cost for the primary presenter of each accepted paper who is from overseas (valid CES membership is required).