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CES2005-Sustainable Economic Growth in China:Investing in Human Capital and Environment
Address:Chongqing, China



Dates: June 24-26, 2005

Location: Chongqing, P. R. China


- Chinese Economists Society (www.China-CES.org)

- Chongqing University (www.CQU.edu.cn)

- Chongqing Municipal Government (www.cq.gov.cn)


Chinese Economists Society (CES)

Gordon LIU, CES President, ggliu@unc.edu

Baohong SUN, CES Board of Director, bsun@andrew.cmu.edu

Y Richard WANG, CES Board of Director, y.richard.wang@astrazeneca.com

Zhong ZHAO, CES Board of Director, zzhao@ccer.pku.edu.cn

Shufang ZHANG, CES Member, szhang@hsph.harvard.edu

Chongqing University (CQU)

Zongyi ZHANG, vice president, Chongqing University, zhangzy252001@yahoo.com

Hua ZHAO, Associate Dean, CQU School of Economics and Business, zhaohua@cqu.edu.cn

Hu SI, Professor, CQU School of Resources and Environment Science, sihu@cqu.edu.cn

Bing LIAO, PhD, CQU School of Economics and Business, liaobing@cqu.edu.cn

Wei YAN, PhD, CQU School of Economics and Business, yanweiceba@cqu.edu.cn

Ziyi CHEN, MSc, Secretary of CQU School of Economics and Business, chenziyi@cqu.edu.cn


Nan DENG, vice President, Chinese Association for Science and Technology (invited)

Qiang GAO, deputy minister, Chinese Ministry of Health (invited)

Qidi WU, vice minister, Chinese Ministry of Education (invited)

Songde MA, vice minister, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (invited)

Yue PAN, vice minister, Chinese State Environment Protection Administration

Qifan HUANG, deputy mayor, Chongqing Municipal Government

Xiaohong LI, President, Chongqing University

Robert Fogel, Professor at University of Chicago (Nobel Laureate in Economics)

Jeffery Sachs, Professor at Columbia University

Victor Fuchs, Professor at Stanford University

Michael Grossman, Professor at the City University of New York

William Hsiao, Professor at Harvard University

Gregory Chow, Professor at Princeton University

Daniel Hamermesh, Professor at University of Texas at Austin

David Bloom, Professor at Harvard University

Teh-wei Hu, Professor at University of California at Berkeley

Dean Jamison, Professor at UCLA and Senior Fellow at NIH

Yingyi QIAN, Professor at University of California at Berkeley

Wing Woo, Professor at University of California at Davis

Henk Bekedam, WHO China Chief Representative

David Dollar, China Country Director, World Bank

Jinglian WU, Professor at Chinese Academy of Social Science Graduate School

Yining LI, Professor and Dean, Peking University Guanghua School of Management

Shibai LIU, Professor and Honorary President, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Weiying ZHANG, Professor and Associate Dean, Peking Univ Guanghua School of Management

Justin Y LIN, Professor and Director, Peking University China Center for Economics Research

Fang CAI, Professor at Chinese Academy of Social Science

Aimin Chen, Professor at Indiana State University and vice President, Sichuan University


The Chinese Economists Society (CES) is a non-profit professional organization for Chinese economists and international scholars with research expertise and interests in China's economy, policies, and development. Founded in 1985, CES is the first and the largest of its kind, primarily comprised of overseas Chinese economists and international scholars. The CES official journal - China Economic Review (CER), published by North-Holland, enjoys worldwide circulation. It has become one of the most authoritative academic publications in English on the Chinese economy. CES conducts annual conventions to address major economic issues and challenges facing China as well as the entire globe. Each year CES' annual conference attracts hundreds of participants worldwide, including many internationally renowned economists, leading scholars, policy makers, and graduate students from both abroad and China.

At its 20th anniversary, CES dedicates the 2005 Annual Conference to the theme of sustainable economic growth in China, with a primary focus on the vital roles of human capital and environment investment. Sustainable development is a significant and timely global issue from both the research and policy perspectives. While differing in multiple aspects, the world community seems to have reached an important consensus that the development strategies and actions to meet our present needs should not compromise the capacities of our future generations to meet their needs. This view has been firmly endorsed by leading international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. In fact, in the landmark document of Agenda 21 commissioned by UN, sustainable development is declared as the central goal to achieve at the global and national levels.

The notion of sustainable development has been especially echoed in the recent development of China's state policy declaring a human-centered model to achieve comprehensive, balanced, and sustainable development in its economy and social welfare. Indeed, the two-decade long economic development in China presents an unprecedented opportunity and challenge for researchers to address the emerging issue of sustainable economic growth. First, China is the most populated nation, accounting for nearly 1/5 of the world population. Apparently, the large population base can either be a great potential in human capital for sustainable growth or a barrier to development, critically depending upon the investment in human capital, especially education and health.

Second, China has been a global outlier of economic growth for over two decades. What have been the major driving forces for such an economic miracle? Is the growth sustainable? Or was it obtained at the expense of compromising natural resources, environment (including ecological, social, and political conditions) and human capital for future growth?

Third, China is the largest nation transitioning from central planning to a market economy. To what extent can the 20-year strong economic growth be attributed to the accumulated human capital and environment over the pre-reform era? Moreover, despite the fast growth at the aggregate level, urban-rural inequality and imbalanced development across regions seem to be worsening at the same time. How would these changes influence the sustainability of economic growth in China's Indisputably, 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.


1. Sustainable Economic Growth for the New Millennium

  • Economic growth: sustainability, responsibility, and feasibility
  • Economic growth: social welfare and income distribution
  • Sustainable growth: comparative advantages and challenges of China
  • Trade, FDI, and financial capital towards sustainable growth
2. Population, Health, and Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Macroeconomics, population health, and healthcare system
  • Health improvement, social wellbeing, and economic prosperity
  • Social security, demographic transition, and sustainability
  • Health transitions, nutrition, physiology, and economic growth
3. Education, Technology, and Knowledge Economy
  • Investment in education, economic payoffs and sustainable growth
  • Education, training, and public awareness on productivity and growth
  • Science, technology, intellectual property protection and sustainable growth
  • Human resources development, labor market and economic growth
4. Environment*, Equality, Balanced Development, and Growth
  • Management of natural resources and environment for sustainable economic growth
  • Inequality, poverty reduction and urban-rural development for economic growth
  • Corporate governance and public-private partnership for economic growth
  • Western China development: opportunities and strategies for economic growth
  • Social capital, empowerment, and political reforms for sustainable economic growth

    Note*: Environment at natural, social, economic, and political dimensions


1. Organized Sessions (3-4 papers per session) April 1, 2005 Providing session title, chair, paper titles and abstracts, authors and discussants

2. Roundtable Panels (4-5 panelists/panel) April 1, 2005 Providing panel title, chair and panelists

3. Individual papers April 15, 2005 The full-text of a paper should be within 10 pages (single space), with an abstract limited to 400 words, including objective, method, data, findings, and conclusions

English papers submitted online to the Chinese Economists Society (www.China-CES.org)

Chinese papers submitted to CQU College of Economics and Business Administration AC-CES05@cqu.edu.cn

Paper Style (see the appendix in PDF file)


The announcement in PDF file

To honor Professor Gregory Chow's (Princeton University) contribution to China's economic transition and to the Chinese Economics Society (CES), the Gregory Chow Best Paper Award has been established to award 1-2 outstanding papers presented at the CES Conferences. At the CES 2005 Chongqing Conference, two such Awards will be offered, one for a junior scholar (receiving a PhD within the past five years) and the other for a graduate student. The awardees must be an active CES member, and the primary author of a paper submitted to the CES Chongqing Conference. For details about the Conference, please visit www.China-CES.org.

To apply for the Award competition, the author must send a completed paper along with CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the competition by May 1, 2005, to Professor Gordon G Liu at ggliu@unc.edu. Each winner will receive a certificate and check of $1000 travel allowance to the CES Chongqing Conference. An academic committee of CES Board of Directors will be formed to make the selections. Professor Gregory Chow will present the awards to the winners at the 2005 CES Chongqing Conference.


High quality papers presented at the Conference will be solicited for submission to three leading economics journals: Economic Development and Cultural Change, Contemporary Economic Policy, and China Economic Review. The Editors of all three journals have agreed to consider publishing a mini symposium of papers selected from the CES Chongqing Conference, subject to usual anonymous review approval. In addition, an international leading publisher will be contacted to publish a book for the Conference Proceedings.

High quality papers in Chinese at the conference will be submitted to leading domestic economics journals. In addition, high quality papers will also be published in book volumes by leading publishers in China.


Upon registration both for the Conference and CES membership, the primary presenter of each accepted paper and the panelists of roundtable panels will be covered by the Conference for hotel accommodations up to three nights (June 23-25). Moreover, subject to our fundraising, CES may also subsidize partial international travel cost for the primary presenter of each accepted paper and the panelists.

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