China Economics Summer Institute (CESI) 2020


Call for paper (deadline 8 May 2020)
21 - 22 Aug 2020

Call for Papers - Deadline: 8 May 2020 (Friday)

The 13th China Economics Summer Institute (CESI) will take place between 21 – 22 August 2020 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The objective of CESI is to create a network and community of top level scholars working on Chinese economic development (working papers of previous CESI available at This initiative is currently co-sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford King Center on Global Development at Stanford University, and the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. The Summer Institute is organized in collaboration with the BREAD, NBER and CEPR networks of academic economists.

This call invites you to submit a paper or express your interest in attending the above Summer Institute, which will be hosted this year by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, during 21 – 22 August 2020. The workshop intends to bring together the best scholars working on China in China, the US and Europe with other top level scholars who have an interest in working on China in the future. We welcome applications not only from those who want to present their research on China but also from anybody who has an interest in doing serious economic research on China and would like to use the workshop as means of exploring this possibility.

The Summer Institute will bring together between 20 and 30 participants for a period of two days. During the workshop, there will be seminar presentations and free time to allow scholars to interact and explore the possibility of doing joint research projects. Senior scholars who will attend will be available for consultations with junior scholars. Afternoon sessions will give the opportunity to a select group of young scholars and Ph.D students to present their work.

The scientific committee of the China Economics Summer Institute is composed of Chong-En Bai, Ruixue Jia, Hongbin Li, Yi Lu, Albert Park, Gérard Roland, Zheng (Michael) Song, Heiwai Tang, Daniel Xu, Xiaobo Zhang and Li-An Zhou.

Please register online ( for possible presentation at the meeting or expressions of interest in attending the meeting by 8 May 2020 (Friday).

We can cover economy apex travel and accommodation costs for selected paper presenters and participants. Please indicate when you reply whether you will require this funding or whether you will be able to cover your own travel costs. Please note that it will not be possible to accept all applications to attend this Summer Institute. At the moment, funding is available for travel and accommodation expenses in accordance with standard guidelines (economy apex travel) but, where possible, it is hoped that some of the selected participants will use grants at their disposal to cover expenses and thereby free up space for others.

We hope that the outbreaks of new coronavirus would end in the summer. However, it is likely that we would have to postpone the conference if the situation is not fully stabilized in June.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Fuerther updates to the event will be first posted on the CESI website:


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