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IDREC  Research Institute on Chinese Economy

  I D R E C Institut de Recherches sur l'Economie de la Chine

65 boulevard François Mitterrand

63000 clermont-ferrand – France

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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


- 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.

Research results are regularly published in working papers of :

China Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Applied Economics...

▪  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.

▪  Providing information,  Organizing conferences


Conferences and seminars provide an opportunity for China specialists to exchange their views on different   aspects of the Chinese economy. IDREC organised between 1995 and 2013 nine international conferences on Chinese economy, including a selection of papers which has been published in special issues of China Economic Review.  

The 9th international conference has been organized on 24nd and 25rd October 2013 on the theme "China as a leader in the world economy, implications for the political economy”.

In March 1997, IDREC also organized a research seminar in Beijing on “Globalisation and economic development in China” in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The IDREC organized three summer schools on the Chinese economy in 2006, 2008 and 2010. The summer school is intended for doctoral students come from several country who can present their work to other participants, but also to researchers in their field. 

IDREC’s library has a growing number of publications related to Chinese economy (regularly updated) books, international and Chinese periodicals, as well as a comprehensive set of Chinese statistical yearbooks. These publications can be freely accessed at the CERDI-IDREC library.