10/26/18: 11th Annual Conference on US-China Economic Relations and China’s Economic Development

Friday, October 26, 2018
8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Commons, 6th Floor
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052


We are delighted to invite you to the 11th annual conference on China’s Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relations at George Washington University. The importance of understanding China’s economic development has only become more important over the last decade. Understanding the structural building blocks of domestic Chinese economic activity is as necessary as understanding China’s foreign economic activity, whether regionally across the globe or in its interactions with the United States. Amid a trade war between the U.S. and China, it is vital that we have a shared understanding of what is taking place within the Chinese economy, how that affects relations with the U.S., and what it means for China’s global ambitions. We look forward to hosting you on October 26th to continue studying these important questions.


8:15 – 8:50 a.m. Coffee and Registration

8:50 – 9 a.m. Welcoming Remarks: Maggie Chen (IIEP Director, George Washington University)

9 – 9:45 a.m. Keynote

  • Hanming FangUniversity of Pennsylvania
    “Growing Pains” in the Chinese Social Security System

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Trends in China’s Macro Economy

  • Kaiji ChenEmory University
    “Macroeconomic Impacts of China’s Financial Policies”
  • Nancy QianNorthwestern University
    “The Dynamic Effects of Computerization on VAT in China”

10:45 – 11 a.m. Coffee Break

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Institutional and Firm Growth

  • Grace LiInternational Monetary Fund
    “The State and China’s Productivity Declaration: Firm-Level Evidence”
  • Maggie ChenGeorge Washington University
    “‘Omnia Juncta in Uno’: Foreign Powers, Institutions and Firms in Shanghai’s Concession Era”

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 – 1:45 p.m. Keynote

  • Caroline FreundWorld Bank
    “U.S.-China Trade Tensions”

 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. The Myths of U.S.-China Trade War

  • Jiandong Ju, Tsinghua University
    “US-China Trade Dispute and Restructuring the Globalization”
  • Mary LovelyPeterson Institute for International Economics
    “China’s Techno-Industrial FDI Policy”

2:45 – 3 p.m. Coffee Break

3 – 4 p.m. Going Out: China’s Aid, Investment, and Finance to Developing Countries

  • Barbara Stallings, Brown University and George Washington University
    “China and its Neighbors: Aid and Investment in East Asia”
  • Stephen Kaplan, George Washington University
    “The Rise of Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance in the Western Hemisphere”

4 – 5 p.m. Gender, Migration, and Labor Markets in China

  • Peter Kuhn, University of California, Santa Barbara
    “Gender-Targeted Job Ads in the Recruitment Process: Evidence from China”
  • Sugin GeVirginia Tech
    “Assimilation and the Wage Growth of Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China”
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