Fifth international seminar on Asia and Pacific economies: call for papers


This annual event explores the theme of international economics, with special attention on the Asia and Pacific region and the Chinese economy.

Call for papers

We are looking for original research papers in the field of theoretical, empirical and experimental economic and business issues. The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) joins XJTLU with special sessions on financial inclusion and regulation, the middle-income trap and industrial structure upgrading that broaden the scope of the research agenda.

Themes of the seminar

Two central themes are related to Asia and Pacific studies and the Chinese economy.

  • The Asia-Pacific region has experienced market-oriented reforms, market opening and globalisation, economic and financial regionalisation, etc., which underpin the first theme. Topics include, but are not restricted to, Asian integration, trade, foreign investment, finance and capital flows, macroeconomics and exchange rates.
  • The central role of China as the world’s biggest exporter and the world’s second largest economy underpins the second theme. Any aspects of the Chinese economy may be explored, including trade liberalisation and special trade areas, economic concentration, labour market reforms, financial sector reforms and capital market opening, structural reforms, monetary policy, fiscal policy and decentralisation, local and federal government competition, etc.

Read about previous years' events.

ADBI special sessions

This is the third year that ADBI is organising special sessions for the seminar. The topics for the ADBI special sessions include the following:

  • Industrial structure upgrading
  • Middle-income trap
  • Financial inclusion and financial regulation.


Abstracts (250 words or less) must be submitted to [email protected] no later than Wednesday 15 March 2017 as a Word document containing a title, name and affiliation of the author(s), contact information and the appropriate fields (JEL classifications). However, early applications with a full paper are preferred.

The working language of the seminar will be English. Only papers written in English will be considered. If there are two or more authors, please identify who will be attending.

Authors of selected papers will be notified by the end of March or earlier. A full draft paper will be required for the workshop and should be submitted by Saturday 15 April 2017. Authors will be required to make a 30-minute presentation. One discussant per paper will comment on the paper and lead the discussion.


We provide economy-class transport (international or domestic) to Suzhou and three nights’ accommodation for participants from East Asia. Participants from other locations may apply for partial funding.

Event objectives

The objectives of the seminar are to:

Organising committee

  • Yang Chen, lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Peter Morgan, ADBI
  • Paulo Regis, associate professor, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Nimesh Salike, lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU.


Day One: Friday 12 May 2017

08:45-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:15 Opening Remarks: International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

09:15-09:30 Coffee Break

09:30-11:30 Session I Energy and Environmental Policy
Chairperson: Paulo Regis, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

11:30-13:45 Session II International Trade
Chairperson: Bihong Huang, ADBI

13:45-15:15 Session III ADBI Session: Financial Regulation
Chairperson: Juann Hung, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

15:15-16:45 Session IV ADBI Session: Financial Inclussion
Chairperson: Charles Vanmarrewijk, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

16:45-17:15 Session V Markets and Auctions
Chairperson: Yang Chen, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Day 2: Friday 13 May 2017

10:00-12:00 Session VI ADBI Session: Infrastructure
Chairperson: Nimesh Salike, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

13:00-14:30 Session VII The Chinese Economy
Chairperson: Peter Morgan, ADBI

Download the full seminar agenda.