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3th International Consortium for China Studies Seminar(ICCS)


Understanding China’s Slowing Growth: 

The Nexus of Political, Economic and Social Issues


September 10-11, 2016

Shanghai, China

Co-organized by

China Center for Economic Studies (CCES), Fudan University

National School of Development (NSD), Peking University


Venue: Room 801, School of Economics, Fudan University

Saturday 10 September, 2016

08:30-08:50    Welcome Speech

· Chaired by Zhao Chen, Deputy Dean, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

08:30-08:40    Jun Zhang, Dean, School of Economic, Fudan University

08:40-08:50    Miaojie Yu, Deputy Dean, National School of Development, Peking University


08:50-10:10    Keynote Speeches

· Chaired by Zhao Chen, Deputy Dean, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

08:50-09:20    Zhengxu Wang, University of Nottingham

Political Trust in China: Trends Amidst Recent Decades of Socioeconomic Modernization

09:20-09:50    Qi Zhang, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

Misallocation under China’s Red Capitalism: A Political Economy Analysis

09:50-10:10    Q&A

10:10-10:30    Tea/coffee break

10:30-11:20    Keynote Speech

· Chaired by Zhao Chen, Deputy Dean, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

10:30-11:00    Miaojie Yu, National School of Development, Peking University

Outward FDI and Domestic Input Distortions: Evidence from Chinese Firms

11:00-11:20    Q&A

11:20-11:30    Group Photo    Lobby, 1st  Floor, SOE Building

11:30-13:00    Lunch


14:30-15:20    Keynote Speech

· Chaired by Qi Zhang, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University 

14:30-15:00    Zhibo Tan, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

Does Female Labor Scarcity Encourage Innovation? Evidence from China’s Gender Imbalance

15:00-15:20    Q&A

15:20-15:40    Tea/coffee break

15:40-17:00    Keynote Speeches

· Chaired by Qi Zhang, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

15:40-16:10    Philipp Boeing, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

China’s decreasing patent quality reveals national technological capacity far below the leading US


16:10-16:40    Mikael Mattlin, University of Turku

Development lending as financial statecraft? A comparative exploration of the practices of China and Japan

16:40-17:00    Q&A


Sunday 11 September, 2016

08:30-09:50    Keynote Speeches

· Chaired by Zonglai Kou, Deputy Dean, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

08:30-09:00    Mary-Françoise Renard, School of Economics, University of Auvergne

The new urbanization Policy: what are the Stakes for China?

09:00-09:30    Warren Wenzhi Lu, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

The Impact of Vertical Governmental Competition on China’s Urbanization Process

09:30-09:50    Q&A

09:50-10:10    Tea/coffee break

10:10-11:30    Keynote Speeches

·Chaired by Zonglai Kou, Deputy Dean, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

10:10-10:40    Fan Zhang, National School of Development, Peking University

The Belt and Road Initiative and RMB Internationalization

10:40-11:10    Tony Fang, Chinese Economists Society

Imported Intermediate Inputs and Wage Inequality

11:10-11:30    Q&A

11:30-11:40    Closing Speech

· Chaired by Zonglai Kou, Deputy Dean, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

11:30-11:35    Jun Zhang, Dean, School of Economic, Fudan University

11:35-11:40    Miaojie Yu, Deputy Dean, National School of Development, Peking University

11:40-13:00    Lunch

Introduction of ICCS

China has become the second largest economy in the world. Yet, there are numerous challenges ahead. Its future performance, no matter in which direction, will expansively impact the world economy. With a growing interest in understanding the Chinese economy, many countries have set up research centers focused on China studies. To facilitate academic and information exchange among the centers, many colleagues have expressed an interest in establishing a platform to facilitate academic exchanges in this burgeoning field.

In response to this need, NSD proposes to establish the International Consortium of China studies (ICCS). ICCS aims at organizing annual meetings for institutional members to exchange their research works in the field of China studies. While the field is multidisciplinary in nature, ICCS will focus on social sciences including economics, political science, sociology, law and international relations. On even years, the conference will be held in China, while on odd years, it will be rotated among institutional members in other counties.

The inaugural meeting of International Consortium of China Studies will be hold at National School of Development, Peking University on April 20-21, 2014. The founding institutional members are:


National School of Development, Peking University 
China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University 
The Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
The Universities Service Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Centre for China Analysis and Strategy (CCAS), New Delhi 
Institute of Social Science Contemporary China Research Base, The University of Tokyo 
Asia Center at Seoul National University 
Center for Chinese Studies, Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University 
Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University (GSIS) 

China Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney 
China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney 
The Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University 
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at University of Melbourne 

Centre for East Asian Studies at Unversity of Turku 
L'IDREC (Institut de Recherche sur l'Economie de la Chine) au CERDI 
Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) of the University of Duisburg-Essen 
The German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) 
Stockholm China Economic Research Institute 
School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham 
The Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP) at St Edmund Hall of University of Oxford 
North America:

21st Century China Program, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at University of California at San Diego 
China Data Center, University of Michigan 
China Research Center 
Chinese Economist Society 

Website of ICCS:










Brief Introduction of Participants


1. L'IDREC (Institut de Recherche sur l'Economie de la Chine) au CERDI

CERDI (Centre for Studies and Research in International Development)


CERDI was created in 1976. It is an associated research centre of the CNRS and the University of Auvergne. CERDI is the most important academic centre in France for research on the economy of developing countries.


IDREC (Research Institute on Chinese Economy)


IDREC is a research department of CERDI. It was created in 1995, with financial support from the Region of Auvergne, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Ministry of Education, and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).


IDREC has now established a close working relationship in China with several universities (Peking University, University of International and Business Economy in Beijing, Wuhan University, Fudan University, Dalian University...) and Research Centers.


The Director is Mary-Françoise Renard, Professor at the School of Economics.


▪  Research Activities


The core of research activities of IDREC is to analyze economic issues related to the Chinese economy. Major research fields include: China’s transition process towards a market-based economy; Sources of economic growth; Determinants and consequences of economic openness; Exchange rate and monetary policies; Decentralisation, industrial localisation and regional disparities; Urban economics and rural economics; Health care issues; Income distribution; Labor market and migration; Natural resources economy and environmental policy.


More than thirty researchers and Ph.D. Students of CERDI are involved in the research activities of IDREC.


▪  Training program for Chinese economists

A training program called “Teilhard de Chardin” has been specifically designed for Chinese students. This program has been initiated by CERDI-IDREC / Université d’Auvergne in collaboration with China’s State Commission for Education. It is co-funded by the China’s State Commission for Education, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Region of Auvergne.


This program helped to produce thirteen Ph.D. theses in economics. Chinese students participating this program have been selected from major universities in China (Beijing University, Zhongshan University, and Wuhan University).

Lectures on the Chinese economy have been included in standard postgraduate programs Magistère in economic development, research Master in development economics, professional Master in project analysis, sustainable development and health economy, as part of Transition economics.




Participant: Prof. Mary-Françoise Renard


 Professor Mary-Françoise Renard, (PhD Clermont-Ferrand, 1979, PhD Aix-en Provence, 1987), Professor, School of Economics, University of Auvergne, Head of the Research Institute on Chinese Economy (IDREC) at CERDI (Research Center on International Development, UMR CNRS) since 1995. 1982-1987: lecturer University of Avignon, 1987-1992: Assistant professor, University of Toulon and Var, 1992-1995: professor, University of Grenoble.

MF. Renard is honorary dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management. Editor of “China and its Regions”, (Edward Elgar, 2002). Author of articles and book contributions on different topics on Chinese economy: regional development, urbanization, decentralization, FDI, China and Africa (Publication of African Development Bank, 2011). Supervisor of several PhD on the Chinese economy. Organizer of ten international conferences on the Chinese economy at IDREC.

MF. Renard is beginning a new research program on environmental questions in China, in a regional perspective.





2. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) 

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim is a non-profit and independent institute. Founded in 1990 on the basis of a public-private initiative in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in co-operation with the University of Mannheim, ZEW is one of Germany's leading economic research institutes, and enjoys a strong reputation throughout Europe.

ZEW pursues four key objectives:

To conduct research of the highest quality 
To provide scientifically grounded economic policy advice 
To train up-and-coming economists, and 
To inform the professional and lay public 
The institute addresses on decision-makers in politics, business, and administration, scientists in the national and international arena as well as the interested public. Frequent surveys on the situation on the financial markets and the business situation of the information economy as well as the large-scale annual study on innovation activities in the German economy are representative for the different types of information provided by ZEW.

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest, the president of the institute, and Thomas Kohl, the director of business and administration, ZEW employs a staff of 194 in six Research Departments, two Research Groups, and three Service Departments.

In order to ensure excellence in research, ZEW promotes international co-operation with universities (e.g. integration in doctoral programmes) and the ongoing development of its staff by granting periods of paid release from normal project work. These sabbaticals can be used for postgraduate doctorates, postdoctoral theses, or fellowships at renowned universities and research institutions.

The high quality of ZEW's research work was confirmed in 1998, when the German Council of Science and Humanities evaluated ZEW and recommended its inclusion in the joint state and federal funding programme. Since 2005, the institute has received basic funding from this programme. ZEW is a member of the Leibniz Association, a network of research institutes with outstanding scientific qualifications.

An excellent evaluation result in 2009 characterised the Centre for European Economic Research as an institution of international significance. Due to this assessment, the Leibniz-Association Senate recommended that the German federal and state governments promote ZEW according to national strategies of science policy. The senate explicitly stated that "ZEW is an extraordinarily successful institute of empirical economic research with great prospects".




Participant: Dr. Philipp Boeing



 Philipp Boeing studied East Asian Studies and Economics at the Ruhr University Bochum and International Business at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, where he also conducts his PhD. As a visiting scholar he stayed with Tsinghua University in Beijing, Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, UNU-Merit in Maastricht, and Melbourne University. His research interest is economics of innovation, China's economic development, and applied micro-econometrics.





3. Chinese Economist Society

The Chinese Economists Society (CES) is a non-profit academic organization registered in the United States. The aim of the Society is to promote scholarly exchanges among its members and contribute to the advancement and dissemination of economics and management sciences in China.

The CES currently has hundreds of active individual members and dozens of institutional members. Over years more than two thousand individuals have joined the CES from universities, research institutes, and other public or private organizations throughout North America, Asia, Europe and other regions of the world. Most current individual members of the CES are Chinese scholars and students of economics and related fields in North America. In recent years, the CES has also attracted more and more scholars and students of non-Chinese background who are interested in the studies of the Chinese economy.

Since many CES members are from mainland China and some of them have returned there and are playing leading roles in various sectors, the Society is probably the most influential group that bridges academic exchanges in economics and related areas between the North America and China. The combination of many CES members’ deep roots in China and knowledge of modern economics gives the CES the competitive edge in the profession. It also helps the CES develop channels to influence the Chinese economic policies and advocate market-based reforms in China.

The CES has endeavored to promote market-based reforms and open-door policy, encourage academic exchanges, and develop modern economic education in China. Since its founding, the CES has played an important role in bringing about fundamental changes in China’s economic system by influencing economic policy making in the country. A number of the Society’s members and former officials have been actively involved in China’s economic transition and reforms.

The CES conducts a series of academic activities and professional programs on a regular basis. These include annual conferences, the Gregory Chow Teaching Programs, Visiting Scholar Programs, and academic publications. The CES-launched China Economic Review (CER), an English-language academic journal of worldwide circulation, is one of the most influential academic periodicals about the Chinese economy.

Every year a six-member Board of Directors and a President-elect are elected by the members to manage the Society for a one-year term. The CES continues to benefit from a distinguished advisory committee consisting of Nobel laureates Kenneth J. Arrow, Lawrence Klein, Herbert Simon, and several other renowned economists from the United States, China, and Taiwan.




Participant: Dr. Tony Fang



 Tony Fang is the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial University and an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto. Currently he holds the J. Robert Beyster Faculty Fellowship at Rutgers University and serves on a World Bank's Expert Advisory Committee on Migration and Development. Prior to joining Memorial, he was the Director of Master of International Business Program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and NBER and the President of the Chinese Economists Society (2012-2013). He was also a visiting professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, City University of Hong Kong, Fudan University, and Southwest University of Finance and Economics. In 2010, he received the title of “Chutian Scholar” of Hubei Province.





4. National School of Development, Peking University

The National School of Development at Peking University - a scientific research and educational institution focusing on the comprehensive study of social sciences - has recently been established, based on the prestigious China Center for Economic Research at Peking University (CCER). This new organization is committed to the internationalization, standardization and localization of the study of the social sciences in China, and to the innovation in disciplinary systems, academic perspectives and research methods. The China Center for Economic Research at Peking University will still be operating as a subsidiary of The National School of Development at Peking University. 


Being a comprehensive university which has achieved a high reputation both at home and abroad, Peking University boasts a great variety of subjects and cultivates a strong intellectual atmosphere and tradition, which lay a solid foundation for cross-disciplinary study. The National School of Development at Peking University will devote itself to pushing forward the comprehensive study of the social sciences in China; to making a meaningful attempt to organize cross-disciplinary research; and to grooming well-rounded talent to serve both China’s reform and development and the setting-up of the new world order as well as exploration and discovery in social sciences more generally. This comprises an important part of Peking University’s goal to establish itself as one of the world’s top universities in the new era. 


The National School of Development at Peking University will set national development as its core research domain, and will foresightedly raise important issues in terms of strategies, institutions, policies and fundamental theories required for China’s continuing reform, development and modernization. It will keep a constant close watch on patterns evolving globally and will participate in high-level dialogue on matters of reform and development and the setting-up of the new world order. The National School of Development at Peking University will follow the principle of “Small Organization, Big Network” in organizing broadly-based, cross-disciplinary study, cultivating well-rounded talent and building itself as a leading think tank in the academic community in China. 




 Participants: Prof. Miaojie Yu and Prof. Fan Zhang


 Miaojie Yu is a Professor at China Center for Economic Research (CCER), National School of Development (NSD), Peking University. He is active to serve as a deputy dean of NSD, PKU. He is appointed as the Cheung-Kong Distinguished Young Scholar by Ministry of Education in 2015. He holds his Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Davis (2005) under the direction of Dr. Robert Feenstra. His research field includes international trade and Chinese economy. He is appointed as deputy editor of China Economic Journal, and an editorial member of the journal China Economic Review. He has published many papers in prestigious journals such as The Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Development Economics. He recently earned the Royal Economic Society (RES) Prize as his sole-authored paper published in the Economic Journal won the annual best paper award. He also won China’s Anzijie International Trade Research Award, the highest research award for international trade research in China, three times (2008, 2010, 2014), in addition to the Liu-Shibai Economic Research Award (2014), Husheng Outstanding Young Scholar Research Award (2015), and China’s Commercial Development Research Award.







 Fan Zhang is a Professor at National School of Development (NSD), Peking University. He acquired Ph.D. in Economics, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1994 and Environmental Economics Program Certificate in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1995. He has published many papers in International Journal of International Public Administration,  China Economic Review, World Economy, Urban Transformation in China, Chinese Economic Research and so on. He has published 3 books about economic from 1993 to 2008. He has translated 6 famous economic books by foreign economist. He received 1990 Samuel M. Levin Prize in Economics, for working paper "An Application of Supergame Theory to a Product Differentiation Model" and  Ford Foundation “Return Scholarship” of Peking University from 1994 to 1996.





5. China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University

China Center for Economic Studies (CCES) was established in February 2000 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Education in China. In the same year, CCES was rated as a member of 100 Excellency Research Centers in Social Sciences, by the Ministry of Education. CCES has been granted as Outstanding Key Research Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, by the Ministry of Education in 2010. In 2013, CCES was sponsored as one of University Think-Tanks in Shanghai, and “Innovating Teams”, by the Ministry of Education.


CCES specializes in the theoretical and empirical research on Contemporary Chinese Economy, development economics, Regional economics, Industrial economics and so on. Its research has repeatedly won national awards, by publishing a large number of influential papers in top Chinese Journals and international journals. Since its establishment, it has received grants every year from the Ministry of Education, the National Social Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation, Shanghai Municipal Government, and other agencies. It has also offered much valuable consulting service for large firms and other institutions.


CCES has intense exchanges with top institutions both in China and around the globe. The Center holds weekly seminar series and occasional public lectures given by leading economists in the world.


Since 2005, it initiated and organized biennial international conference on Transition and Economic Development (TED), which has been attracting leading economists. The Center also regularly sponsors numerous workshops on special topics every year.


The Center has a dynamic young team consisting of outstanding and talented members, 60% of whom are under 40 years old. They are taking initiatives in participating in both national and international academic conferences. The center has forged close links Economic Growth Center at Yale University, WIDER, Queen’s University (Canada), Sinica (Taiwan), Chonnam University, among other leading institutions.


In an era of great transformation and rise of China, CCES will commit to excellency in academic and policy studies on Chinese economy, and working towards an international center for the research in Chinese economy.




 Participant: Prof. Qi Zhang and Dr. Zhibo Tan


Prof. Qi Zhang (Luke) is associate professor of CCES. He received Ph.D. degree in Economics from China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. He received a second Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Department of Political Science at Northwestern University (USA). His research interests include authoritarian politics, political economy, and Chinese politics & economy.






 Zhibo Tan is an assistant professor at School of Economics, Fudan University. He was a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Brookings Institution and Columbia University. He has published many papers in Journal of International Money and Finance, Economic Research Journal, World Economy, China Economic Quarterly, Journal of Financial Research and so on. He received the Distinguished Research Award for Young Talents of Cao Fengqi Development Research Fund (2014), Gregory Chow Best Paper Award of Chinese Economists Society (2013) and Best Paper Award of Journal of Financial Research (2012).





6. The Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Division of Social Science currently houses over 28 faculty members with specializations across six disciplines. One of the most unique features of our division is its strong China research focus, in which over 70% of existing faculties members are engaged. The productivity levels of our faculty are uniformly high and they publish mainly in first-tier and high-impact disciplinary journals as well as prestigious scholarly outlets devoted to contemporary China such as the China Quarterly and China Journal. Their outstanding research achievements can be reflected in the numerous prizes received, including the prestigious Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association for promising young scholars researching Asian societies.


The division offers world-class, rigorous training in social science research. A recent Research Assessment Exercise 2006 by the University Grants Committee (UGC) ranked our division as the top social science unit among all universities in Hong Kong, and more recently, another study by Shanghai’s Jiatong University in 2010 ranked our Division as the best social science department in Asia.


We proudly offer a strong and growing graduate research program leading to the degrees of Master and Doctor of Philosophy. Many of our PhD graduates are now holding prestigious teaching and research positions at Peking University, Zhongshan University, the National University of Singapore and the Chinese Academy of Social Science, just to name a few. Also, a number of our MPhil graduates have been admitted to the world's best PhD programs at institutions like Harvard, Stanford and Cornell. We also offer a rigorously structured taught postgraduate program in Social Science.



Participant: Warren Wenzhi Lu



 Warren Wenzhi LU is currently serving as a full-time research assistant, supervised by Prof Kellee S. Tsai, in Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Following his master degree in Social Science from HKUST in 2014, he worked as a research analyst in a Hong Kong-based think tank — Fung Global Institute (currently named as Asia Global Institute) on the evolving growth model of China, contributing to “China’s Evolving Growth Model: The Foshan Story” and “Renminbi Rising: A New Global Monetary System Emerges”. Warren has been working closely with local governments in China for years. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, he worked with Development and Reform Commission in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, on various research projects.







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