Your are here: Home» News

The 2nd Summer School on New Structural Economics



July 24-30, Peking University, Beijing, China

Economic development is a process of structural change. Different from the structuralism, the new structural economics proposes to apply the neoclassical approach to study the causes and determinants of structural change in an economy with a special focus on economic development in developing countries.

The 2nd Summer School on New Structural Economics at Peking University aims to select a core group of PhD students and junior researchers who are keen to learn theoretical frameworks, empirical application, and methodology of New Structural Economics.

Renowned economists will give lectures on the following frontier topics –

  • Justin Yifu Lin, New Structural Economics: Structural Change, Industrial Upgrading, and Industrial Policies;
  • Xiaobo Zhang, Structure of Production in the Early Stage of Development;
  • Keun Lee, Economics of Technological Catch-up: Korea and Other Developing Countries;
  • Ju Jiandong & Yong Wang, Dynamic Structural Analysis;
  • Celestin Monga, Aid AddictionA New Structural Economics Perspective

The summer school will also include a one-day field visit to gain some first-hand experiences of industrial development in China.

Applicants are expected to submit a research proposal related to New Structural Economics. We encourage applicants to apply the fresh perspective of New Structural Economics to conduct empirically-grounded studies on a wide range of topics including but not limited to structural changes, industrial upgrading, technological catch-up, labor markets, financial development, economic transition, international trade and finance. Theoretical and methodological explorations are also welcome.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to get advice from the lecturers during the summer school to further improve their research proposals. At the end of the summer school, the organizer will select excellent proposals for funding for further research.

Applicants are expected to submit the following items:

  1. CV (includes expertise and publications)
  2. Research Proposal (no longer than two pages)
  3. Writing Sample (no longer than 2,000 words)
  4. Two Reference Letters

Please kindly send us your application to before mid-night on April 26, 2015 (local time in Beijing). We will select candidates on a rolling basis. Early applications are welcome.

Subject of E-mail: Application for NSE summer school-name of your institution-xxx

Attachment's file name:

1. CV-xxx

2. Research proposal-xxx

3. Writing Sample-name of paper-xxx

4. Reference letter 1- for xxx by yyy

5. Reference letter 2- for xxx by yyy

(If your referees prefer to send your reference letter by himself/herself, please make sure that his/her e-mail subject and file name will be Reference letter-for xxx by yyy.)

Successful candidates will be provided an economic class air travel (or second class train for local students) and local accommodation. For further information, please contact Ms. Jing LU at

The brief biographies of the lecturers are as follows:

Justin Yifu Lin is professor and honorary dean, National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University and is the author of 24 books including New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy.

Xiaobo Zhang is a “National 1000-Talent Program” chair professor of economics and deputy dean at the National School of Development, Peking University, and senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His research fields focus on Chinese economy and development economics. He is a Co-editor of China Economic Review.

Keun Lee is a Professor of Economics at the Seoul National University. As the founding director of the Center for Economic Catch-up, he is a globally recognized expert on economics of catch-up. He is now a member of the Committee for Development Policy of UN, a co-editor of Research Policy, a member of the governing board of Globelics, and an editor for Research Policy.

Célestin Monga, a Cameroonian national, has held various board and senior executive positions in academia, financial services and international development. He is currently Managing Director of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Previously, he served as the Senior Advisor to the World Bank’s Chief Economist. Dr. Monga is a graduate of MIT and Harvard.

Jiandong Ju, Dean and professor of economics, school of international business administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He graduated from Penn State University in 1995, and has worked in the International Monetary Fund. He is a pioneer in the study of the impact of finance development on international trade.

Yong Wang obtained PhD in Economics from University of Chicago (2009), where he won the Lee Prize in 2004. His research interests are Economic Growth, Macro Development/ Trade, Political Economy, China and India Economies. His recent research topics include structural change, industry dynamics, industrial policies, China’s state capitalism, and mid-income trap.