CESA-RDI, CASS Joint Conference, 11-12 Dec 2014, Beijing

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Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) – Rural Development Institute (RDI) of  Chinese Academy of Social Science Joint Conference

Beijing, China, December 11-12, 2014
Rural Development Institute
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

“Deepening Reform for China’s Long-Term Growth and Development: The Role of Rural Development”

About the Conference:
With nearly 35 years of fast economic growth since the opening and reform in the 1980s, the Chinese economy has now entered a new phase of development. On the one hand, the rapid economic growth comes at a cost. There exist a number of problems associated with the economic growth, such as pollutions to the environment, widening of the income equality, particularly between the rural and urban people, and growing regional economic disparities. On the other hand, the sources of growth become relatively less dependent upon pure increases in the labour, investment and credit expansion, and instead productivity improvement/technological progress, structural changes, and the benefits from improvement of the social security and welfare improvement play a bigger role in the economic growth. Such shift in the sources of economic growth is beneficial in that it favours a sustainable growth in the future. Given these two features in the current economic development in China, this conference aims to explore issues related to current economic development in China, with a focus on the rural development.

The conference is jointly organised by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) of Chinese Academy of Social Science and the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA). The RDI will cover the local costs, including the conference registration fee and accommodation.

The organisers invite all papers addressing the following topics:

  • Economic/structural reform in China;
  • Australia-China trade and FDI relations, in particular trade in agricultural goods;
  • Food security issues, including food security in domestic production and international trade;
  • Farm land reform in China, in particular Australian experiences on the land ownership;
  • Urban-rural relationship, including migration, rural finance, and income disparity between rural-urban people;
  • Environmental issues and regional development;
  • Other macro-economic issues in China.

Keynote Speakers:

  1. Justin Yifu Lin, Professor, National School of Development, Peking University
  2. Li Zhou, Professor, Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  3. Zhangyue Zhou, Professor, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University

Key Dates:

  • 15 September 2014: Abstracts of papers due (please email submissions in word files);
  • 30 September 2014: Notification of acceptance of conference papers;
  • 1 November 2014: Conference registration opens;
  • 30 November 2014: Conference registration closes;
  • 30 November 2014: Full papers due.

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Selected papers, subject to normal peer review, will be published at China Agricultural Economic Review.

Inquiries and Submission of Abstracts:
Please contact:

Ms. Wang Rui
Rural Development Institute
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Tel: 86-10-8519 5645
Fax: 86-10-6513 7559
Email:  wangrui@cass.org.cn

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