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)


Round-Table Seminar Programme

*This is a round-table seminar with limited sits and attendees need to register for the event. If you intend to attend, send an email to [email protected] in advance to check availability.

Day One: May 11, 2018, Friday

  • 0845-0900 Registration (room: BS574)
  • 0900-0915 Opening Remarks: International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • 0915-0930 Coffee Break
  • SESSION I ADBI Session: Financial literacy (room: BS574), Chairperson: Paulo Regis (XJTLU)
    • 0930-1010 Paper 1: Financial Literacy in Japan: Determinants and Impact
      Presenter: Peter J Morgan (Asian Development Bank Institute)
      Discussant: Lyons / Xun Zhang
    • 1010-1050 Paper 2: Impacts of Financial Literacy on Loan Demand of Financially Excluded Households in China
      Presenter: Angela Lyons (University of Illinois)
      Discussant: Peter Morgan / Nimesh Salike
  • 1050-1110 Open floor Q&A
  • 1110-1120 Coffee Break
  • SESSION II Innovation and Trade (room: BS574) Chairperson: TBD
    • 1120-1200 Paper 1: Product Diversification: the Product Space in an Agent-Based Model
      Presenter: Paulo Regis (XJTLU)
      Discussant: Paolo Epifani / Anthony Howell
  • 1200-1210 Open floor Q&A
  • 1210-1340 Lunch Break
  • SESSION III Challenges in Rural China (room: BS341), Chairperson: Angela Lyons
    • 1340-1420 Paper 1: Structural change, urban bias and the political economy of rural land policy in China
      Presenter: Wei Xiao (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics)
      Discussant: Shun Wang / Kazi Iqbal
    • 1420-1500 Paper 2: The Well-being Impact of Pension Expansion in Rural China
      Presenter: Shun Wang (KDI School of Public Policy and Management)
      Discussant: Wei Xiao / Quanyun Shong
  • SESSION III International Trade (room: BS343), Chairperson: Anthony Howell
    • Paper 1: Capital Flows to Developing Countries: A View from TradePresenter: Paolo Epifani (University of Nottingham)
      Discussant: Chrysostomos Tabakis / Chuantao Cui
    • Paper 2: Preferential Trade Agreements and Antidumping Protection
      Presenter: Chrysostomos Tabakis (KDI School of Public Policy and Management)
      Discussant: Nimesh Salike / Peter Morgan
  • 1500-1520 Open floor Q&A Open floor Q&A
  • 1520-1535 Coffee Break Lunch Break
  • SESSION IV ADBI Session: Infrastructure (room: BS574), Chairperson: TBD
    • 1535-1615 Paper 1: Road Infrastructure, Market Integration, and Productivity: Evidence from China’s Manufacturing Sector
      Presenter: Xun Zhang (Beijing Normal University)
      Discussant: Zou Wei / Yang Chen
    • 1615-1655 Paper 2: High-speed Railways, Market Access and Economic Growth
      Presenter: Zou Wei (Wuhan University)|
      Discussant: Xun Zhang / Yan Li
  • 1655-1715 Open floor Q&A

Day 2: May 12, 2018, Saturday

  • SESSION V Infrastructure (room: BS341), Chairperson: Wei Xiao
    • 1000-1040 Paper 1: High-speed rail and inventory reduction: Firm-level evidence from China
      Presenter: Chuantao Cui (Sichuan University)
      Discussant: Yan Li / Zou Wei
    • Presenter: Yan Li (University of Liverpool)
      Discussant: Chuantao Cui / Angela Lyons
  • SESSION V Innovation in China (room: BS343), Chairperson: Shun Wang
    • Paper 1: Institutions and Innovation: Evidence from Chinese Cities
      Presenter: Yang Chen
      Discussant: Anthony Howell / Chrysostomos Tabakis
    • Presenter: Anthony Howell (University of Pekin)
      Discussant: Yang Chen / Paolo Epifani
  • 1120-1140 Open floor Q&A
  • 1140-1310 Lunch Break
  • SESSION VI ADBI Session: Financial inclusion (room: BS574), Chairperson: Peter Morgan, ADBI
    • 1310-1350 Paper 1: Regional Variations of Banking Services and Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Sub-district Level Administrative Data of Bangladesh
      Presenter: Kazi Iqbal (Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies)
      Discussant: Quanyun Song / Wei Xiao
    • 1350-1430 Paper 2: Quantile Regression Analysis of the Impacts of Financial Literacy and Digital Finance Across the Wealth Distribution in China
      Presenter: Quanyun Song (Southwestern University of Economics and Finance)
      Discussant: Kazi Iqbal / Shun Wang
  • 1430-1450 Open floor Q&A
  • 1450-1500 Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks