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Call for Paper:The Third International Conference on New Structural Economics



Call for Paper
The Third International Conference on New Structural Economics
December 15-16, 2016, Beijing, P.R. China

Structural Change and Economic Transformation:
New Directions, New Insights

Economic transformation tops the agenda of international development. Economic structural transformation refers to a progressive change in the productive structure and hard as well as soft infrastructure of the economy, which is crucial to job creation, poverty reduction, economic diversification, industrial upgrading and dynamic, inclusive economic growth in a sustainable manner. The transformations of economic structures play an indispensable role in overcoming the low-income and middle-income traps. Economic transformation is at the heart of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon by United Nations member states in September 2015. African Union has articulated a strategic framework for economic transformation in Vision 2063. Many least-developed countries aspire to graduate from the low-income country status by promoting sustainable economic transformation.

In order to advance the frontier thinking on structural change and explore innovative development strategies for promoting economic transformation in developing countries, the Third International Conference on New Structural Economics at Peking University welcomes submissions on the following topics:

? What trends can be seen in structural change in general and industrialization in specific in developing countries since the new millennium? How much is there a common pattern across different regions? How to build a database enabling the cross-country comparison on structural change?
? What factors have been driving the deindustrialization – a consistent decline in the contribution of manufacturing sector to GDP – in countries of several developing regions such as Latin America and Sub-Sarah Africa? Can countries bypass manufacturing on path to prosperity? What may be expected in terms of trends in industrialization in developing countries over the next decade or so?
? How have agro-processing industries performed in developing countries? How can governments in developing countries design effective development polices in promoting the agriculture-driven transformation?
? What is the role of international trade in effecting structural change? What kinds of new opportunities and challenges have been brought about by global value chains in fostering structural transformation in developing countries?
? How can governments in developing countries leverage special economic zones (SEZs) to jumpstart industrialization? What lessons have been learnt from the past experiences of SEZs in promoting structural transformation? How can developing countries formulate effective development strategies in harnessing the power of SEZs in the process of industrial upgrading and economic transformation?
Paper Submission:
Authors are invited to submit abstracts via email ( by June 30, 2016. The deadline for submitting full papers is September 30, 2016.  Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference.
Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline:   June 30, 2016
Final Manuscript Due:   September 30, 2016
Paper Status Notification:   October 17, 2016

The conference will be held at Peking University in Beijing from December 15 to December 16, 2016. Confirmed invited speakers include –

? Professor Ricardo Hausmann, University of Harvard, Director of Center for International Development;
? Professor Loren Brandt, University of Toronto; Noranda Chair (on leave) at Department of Economics;
? Professor Yi Wen, Tsinghua University and Federal Reserve Bank; Co-editor of China Economic Review;
? Professor Deborah Brautigam, John Hopkins University; Director of International Development Program and China-Africa Research Initiative;
? Professor Keun Lee, Seoul National University; Director of Center for Economic Catch-up; Editor for Research Policy.

The organizer will explore publishing selected conference papers as a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal.

An economic class air travel (or second class train for local participants) and accommodation will be covered by the organizer.

The Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University
                                May 2016