Fourth seminar on Asia and Pacific economies


For this seminar, Asian Development Bank Institute joins XJTLU for two special sessions on financial inclusion and infrastructure that broaden the scope of the research agenda. International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU welcomes this collaboration with ADBI.


Two central themes related to Asia and Pacific studies and the Chinese economy. The Asia-Pacific region has experienced market-oriented reforms, openness and globalisation, economic regionalisation, cross-border interactions, integration, which underpin the first theme. Topics include Asian integration, trade, foreign investment, finance, macroeconomics and exchange rates as well as international economic relations. The central role of China in this process 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, fiscal policy and decentralisation, local and federal government competition, etc.

ADBI special session one: New Frontiers in Financial Development, Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education

Financial inclusion is becoming a mainstream aspect of policies for inclusive and sustainable growth in emerging economies. Expansion of financial access, either through development of innovative institutions or technologies, requires concomitant development and extensions of financial regulation to ensure financial stability and protection of financial service users, while financial education can improve the ability of lower-income households and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of improved access to financial products and services. The objective of this session is to disseminate recent works and to organise a discussion platform on relevant financial development, financial inclusion, regulation and education issues in Asia and Pacific and across other regions.

ADBI special session two: Infrastructure investment impacts and finance

The need for increased infrastructure investment in Asia is clear. However, identifying benefits and costs of projects is not straightforward, especially in the case of spillover effects. Moreover, a significant gap exists between funds that are currently financing infrastructure projects in developing countries and the funding required by recipient countries. This raises the question of whether private sector financing can play a larger role. Besides capital needs, the limited flow of bankable projects represents a major obstacle to public-private partnerships for infrastructure. Alternative financing methods include public-private projects and infrastructure bonds. Mechanisms to re-allocate risk are also important.

Objectives of the seminar

  • 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
  • To lay the foundations for the formation of the recently created Research Institute of Economic Integration at IBSS.

Call for papers

We invite submission of papers 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 business issues.


Abstracts (250 words or less) must be submitted to no later than 25 April 2016 as Word document containing a title, name and affiliation of the author(s), contact information and the appropriate field (JEL classification). 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 two authors or more, please identify who will be attending. Authors of selected papers will be notified by the end of April or earlier.

A full draft paper will be required for the workshop and should be submitted by 25 May 25 2016. Authors will be required to make a 30-minute presentation. One discussant per paper would 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.

Organising committee

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