Fifth international seminar on Asia and Pacific economies


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

Event objectives

The objectives of the seminar are to:

Organising committee

  • Yang Chen, lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Peter Morgan, Senior Consultant for Research, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Paulo Regis, associate professor, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Nimesh Salike, lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU.


The seminar consists of six sessions, four on May 12th, Friday, and two on May 13th, Saturday. Since all sessions are equally important, attendance by participants in all sessions is expected. Please, take this into consideration when making your travel arrangements, even if you present in an early session.

Day One: Friday 12 May 2017

  • 08:45-09:00 Registration
  • 09:00-09:15 Opening Remarks: Professor Eng Gee Lim, Dean of Research, XJTLU
  • 09:15-09:30 Coffee Break
  • Session I: Energy and Environmental Policy, Chairperson: Paulo Regis, XJTLU
    • 09:30-10:00 Paper 1: Environmental Policy, Firm Dynamics and Wage Inequality in Developing Countries (with M S Ee, X Liu, E S H Yu)
      Presenter: Chi-Chur Chao, Deakin University, Australia, and Feng Chia Univ. (Taiwan)
      Discussant: Yiquan Gu
    • 10:00-10:30 Paper 2: Human capital, energy and economic growth in China ¨C Evidence from multivariate nonlinear Granger causality (with M Wolski)
      Presenter: Zheng Fang, School of Business, SIM University, Singapore
      Discussant: Wei Xiao
    • 10:30-11:00 Paper 3: Energy Market Integration in the ASEAN (with J Lee, W X Ang and J Yi Chua)
      Presenter: Chang Youngho, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore University of Social Sciences
      Discussant: Jie Deng
    • 11:00-11:15 Open floor Q&A
    • 11:15-11:30 Coffee Break
  • Session II: International Trade, Chairperson: Bihong Huang, ADBI
    • 11:30-12:00 Paper 1: Investigating Imbalances in Manufacturing Trade
      Presenter: Willem Thorbecke, Research Instit. of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
      Discussant: Chi-Chur Chao / Yanghua Huang
    • 12:00-12:30 Paper 2: Distributional Effects of Trade Imbalances (with G Gancia)
      Presenter: Paolo Epifani, University of Nottingham-Ningbo, China
      Discussant: Yang Yang
    • 12:30-12:45 Open floor Q&A
    • 12:45-13:45 Lunch Break
  • Session III: ADBI Session: Financial Regulation, Chairperson: Yiquan Gu, University of Liverpool
    • 13:45-14:15 Paper 1: Housing Market and Government Regulation: Evidence from China's Home Purchase Restriction Policy (with X Cao, R N Lai)
      Presenter: Bihong Huang, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
      Discussant: Willem Thorbecke/ Angela Christine Lyons
    • 14:15-14:45 Paper 2: Mortgage lending, financial stability and banking crises in Asia (with YZhang)
      Presenter: Peter Morgan, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
      Discussant: Takeshi Inoue
    • 14:45-15:00 Open floor Q&A
    • 15:00-15:15 Coffee Break
  • Session IV: ADBI Session: Financial Inclussion, Chairperson: Charles Vanmarrewijk, XJTLU
    • 15:15-15:45 Paper 1: Financial inclusion or exclusion? Investigating mission drift in microfinance
      Presenter: Md. Aslam Mia, University of Malaya
      Discussant: Peter Morgan
    • 15:45-16:15 Paper 2: Has Financial Inclusion Contributed to Poverty Reduction in India? Empirical Analysis using State and Bank Group-wise Panel Data
      Presenter: Takeshi Inoue, Kobe University, Japan
      Discussant: Long Q. Trinh / Nimesh Salike
    • 16:15-16:30 Open floor Q&A
    • 16:30-16:45 Coffee Break
  • Session V: Markets and Auctions, Chairperson: Yang Chen, XJTLU
  • 16:45-17:15 Paper 1: Benefits of Temporary Buy Prices in Dynamic Second-Price (with X Che)
    Presenter: Yiquan Gu, University of Liverpool, UK
    Discussant: Gergerly Hovath (Xi¡¯an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

Day 2: Friday 13 May 2017

  • Session VI: ADBI Session: Infrastructure, Chairperson: Nimesh Salike, XJTLU
    • 10:00-10:30 Paper 1: Transport Infrastructure, City Productivity Growth and Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from China
      Presenter: Yang Yang, UCLA, USA
      Discussant: Paolo Epifani
    • 10:30-11:00 Paper 2: Infrastructure, Urbanization, and Demand for Bank and Non-Bank Loans of Chinese Households (with J E Grable, T Zeng)
      Presenter: Angela Christine Lyons, University of Illinoi, USA
      Discussant: Bihong Huang
    • 11:00-11:30 Paper 3: The Matching Degree between Financial Structure and Technical Level and Economic Development (with F Zeng)
      Presenter: Jie Deng, Jinan University, China
      Discussant: Md. Aslam Mia / Yang Chen
    • 11:30-12:00 Open floor Q&A
    • 12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
  • Session VII: The Chinese Economy, Chairperson: Peter Morgan, ADBI
    • 13:00-13:30 Paper 1: Enterprise innovation in China: Does ownership or size matter? (with N Salike, Z Yin, D Z Zeng)
      Presenter : Yanghua Huang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
      Discussant: Zheng Fang
    • 13:30-14:00 Paper 2: Agricultural Land and Rural-Urban Migration in China: A New Pattern (with G Zhao)
      Presenter: Wei Xiao, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
      Discussant: Longfeng Ye (XJTLU)
    • 14:00-14:30 Paper 3: Inequality and the Growth Volatility: Empirical Evidence in China (with P. Morgan)
      Presenter: Long Q. Trinh, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
      Discussant: Chang Youngho
    • 14:30-14:45 Open floor Q&A
    • 14:45-15:00 Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks