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8th International Conference on the Chinese Economy

New Challenges for China’s Economy

CERDI-IDREC, University of Auvergne, France
Clermont-Ferrand, 20-21 October, 2011

The CERDI-IDREC organizes every two years an international conference on the Chinese economy. The conference attracts participants worldwide to address major economic issues and challenges that China and the world are currently facing.
The theme of this eighth conference is “New Challenges for China’s Economy”. The theme is significant and timely from both the research and policy perspectives. The last two years were tremendously difficult years, and China’s response to the global financial crisis was generally successful. However, despite its apparently booming economy, China faces tough economic challenges and key elements of its economic agenda have not been achieved. The goals of Chinese economic policy since about 2005 have been to rebalance the economy, increasing the share of consumption and making China’s economy more reliant on domestic demand, while also making it more innovative and environmentally friendly. It was quite clear that these objectives have not been achieved. In the same time, the multiplication of protests movements is at odds with decision by the Chinese leaderships to build a “socialist harmonious society” and a widespread social crisis is to fear. China’s economy has come to a turning point because the economic challenges it faces today are extremely complex and hard to manage. Meanwhile China plays an ever growing part at the international level: at the centre of Asian integration, new special partner of Africa, lending and investing in Europe. China’s principal interest in other developing countries is access to natural resources, but China’s economic interests are wider, in particular diversify its trade partners. The participants will discuss theoretical, conceptual, methodological and applied issues related to the multiple aspects of China’s economy and its unique economic and political systems. All fields of specialization within economics will be considered.
Papers focusing on the proposed conference themes such as China's economic relations with Asian and other countries will be given preferences. The themes of this 8th Conference are:
  • Dynamics and Growth
  • Distributional and Equity Issues
  • Trade
  • Monetary Policy
  • Environment, natural resources and Climate
  • Energy Supply and Security
  • Migration and relations between urban and rural areas
  • Education, Health Care and Social Protection
  • Poverty, Employment and Development
  • China's economic relations with Asian and other countries
As for the previous conferences the best papers will be published in the China Economic Review or in a book format.


Interested authors should submit either a draft or a detailed abstract of their paper by 1 June 2011, to: china.conference.2011@cerdi.org. The abstract should include the objectives, the methodology as well as the expected results.
The scientific committee, in collaboration with the local organizing committee, will select papers for the conference. A confirmation of accepted papers will be sent to the authors by 30 June 2011.
The final version of the papers should be submitted by 15 September 2011.


Registration online: closed on 10 October 2011


General information as well as updates about the conference can be viewed on the CERDI-IDREC website http://www.cerdi.org/chine2011.html


Questions concerning the conference can be emailed to: china.conference.2011@cerdi.org


C. Batisse (CERDI-IDREC, Université d’Auvergne), J.C.Berthélemy (CES, Université de Paris 1), Y. P. Chen, (DePaul University , Chicago), G. Fan (CCER, NERI, Université de Pékin), B. Fleisher (Ohio State University), S. Guérineau (CERDI-IDREC, Université d’Auvergne), M. Lu (CCES, Université de Fudan, Shanghaï), B. Naughton, (Université de Californie, San Diego), P. Plane (CERDI, Université d’Auvergne), S. Poncet (Université de Paris 1), P. Prime (Mercer University), M-F. Renard (CERDI-IDREC, Université d’Auvergne), S. Rozelle (Université de Stanford), W.T. Woo (Université de Californie, Davis), Y. Wu (University of Western Australia), ?J. Zhang (CCES, Universite Fudan, Shanghai)


C. Batisse, A. Cohade, C. Duvivier, S. Guérineau, H. Guo, M-F. Renard, H. Xiong