Sixth seminar on Asia and Pacific economies


We invite submission of papers for a two-day seminar on topics related to Asia and Pacific economies. We are looking for original research papers in the field of theoretical, empirical and experimental economic and social issues. The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) joins Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) with special sessions on financial inclusion and financial literacy, infrastructure investment and finance 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 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, institutional factors, financial sector reforms and capital market opening, structural reforms, fiscal policy and decentralisation, local and federal government competition, etc.

Information on previous years’ events.

ADBI Special Sessions

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

  • Infrastructure investment and finance
  • Financial inclusion and financial literacy.


The objectives of the seminar are:

  • To build a network of researchers in the area of Asia and Pacific economic studies
  • To provide a forum for presenting research papers and developing joint research projects
  • To strengthen the role of Research Institute for Economic Integration (RIEI) at Xi’an Jiaotong-liverpool university
  • To disseminate the original research output through the RIEI Working Paper Series.

Organising committee

  • Yang Chen, Lecturer, International Business School Suzhou, XJTLU
  • Peter Morgan, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Paulo Regis, Associate Professor, International Business School Suzhou, XJTLU
  • Nimesh Salike, Associate Professor, International Business School Suzhou, XJTLU


Abstracts (300 words or less) must be submitted to [email protected] no later than 1 March 2018 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. Selected papers will be notified by middle March or earlier. A full draft paper will be required for the workshop, and should be submitted by 1 April 2018.


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.


Friday 11 May and Saturday 12 May 2018
Venue: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China
Submission deadline: Abstract (1 March 2018); Full paper (1 April 2018)

Language: English