The 32nd CESA Annual Conference, ANU, Canberra, Australia, 13-14 July 2020

The 32nd Annual Conference of Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) – Call for Papers

Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Canberra, July 13-14 2020

China’s economic growth is faced with both headwinds and great potentials. As China continues to grow in economic size and impact, and is projected to become a high-income country by 2025, what happens in China such as changes in government policies, firm performances, new technologies, new products and innovation increasingly matter for the global economy. This naturally creates new expectations, tensions as well as opportunities. What will be the paths that the Chinese economy will take to further integrate with the world economy? How will Chinese firms grow further in the international market?  What policies will deliver welfare improvement for both the Chinese people and people in other countries? What are key determinants of sustainable growth in both China and the world economy? A lot is at stake, and therefore in-depth and open discussions and research are very much needed.

Against this background, the Conference of Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) attracts participants worldwide to address major economic issues facing China, as well as and their global impacts. The 32nd annual CESA meeting is organised by Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University in Canberra. Prof. Cai Fang of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Prof. Yiping Huang of Peking University will present keynote speeches at the conference.

The theme of the forthcoming conference is “China and the World Economy: Common challenges and shared opportunities”. Possible topics include (but not restricted to):

  • The competitiveness of the Chinese Economy
  • Innovation and productivity growth in China
  • China’s financial sector reform and financial market development
  • Demographic challenges in China
  • Impact of China’s economic rebalancing on the rest of the world
  • Rural and urban growth in China
  • Trade, competition or industrial policies in China
  • Income and wealth inequality
  • The macro-economy of China and policies such as macro-prudential policies
  • Environment issues in China
  • Energy transition and climate change policies in China

Papers that do not fit into these categories, but that are related to the main theme of the conference, are also welcome.

Interested contributors should submit a drafted paper or an abstract (in PDF file) by March 20th, 2020. The organization committee will select the conference papers based on originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance and will contact the authors whose papers have been selected by April 6th, 2020.  The standard registration fee for the conference is AUD400, and the student discount registration fee is AUD200. Further details will be provided once paper acceptance is completed.

Three special issues covering different themes will be published in Asia-Pacific Economic Literature, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and China Economic Journal.

The special issue in Asia-Pacific Economic Literature covers topics including climate change, energy and resource economics and policies, agricultural economics and policies, and other sectoral analyses such as research that focuses on manufacturing or service sectors.

The special issue in Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies cover topics including income distribution and policies, human capital, health economics and policies, and inclusive development and growth.

The special issue in China Economic Journal covers topics including macroeconomics and financial economics, Fintech, technological change, digital challenges, international trade and capital flow.

Paper submission and conference enquiries:

Other enquiries: Dr. Yixiao Zhou, (, +61 2 6125 9216).

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