The 23rd CEA (UK) and 4th CEA (Europe) Annual Conference

Key information

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Russell Square: College Buildings

About this event

The Chinese Way of Economic Reform and Development in the Context of Globalization
Co-organized by
  • Department of Financial & Management Studies (DeFiMS) and Centre of China Studies (CCS), School of Oriental & African Studies
  • Peking University Alumni Association in the UK

Chinese Economic Association (UK) website

The success of China's economic reform and development in the last thirty-three years has attracted global attention. Professor Ronald Coase, a Nobel Laureate, highlights in a recent interview that "an understanding of what is happening, and has happened, in China will greatly help us to improve and enrich our analysis of the influence of the institutional structure on the working of the economic system". This conference revitalizes the debate around the Chinese way of economic reform and development through the use of inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives and primary sources. While it is acknowledged that the reforms implemented in China do not represent a concerted attempt to create a capitalist economy, to what extent have the ideas from the West and the force of globalization eventually culminated in a fundamental change to the socialist economic system, and how can scholarly works formalize such "an accidental path" to capitalism? The conference also explores the intellectual implications of China's pragmatic approach of experimentalism and "seeking truth from fact", as well as political economy implications of rising China in the age of globalization.

Registration and Fees

Please register directly through the CEA website as soon as possible. The conference fee is £140; PhD student concessional fee is £30 (including membership of CEA and four issues of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies).

Visa Information

If you need to apply for a UK visa in China, please visit the UK Border Agency website . If you need to apply for a visa outside China, you should contact your home country embassy. If you require a conference invitation letter from SOAS in order to apply for a visa, please confirm this in an e-mail to mj13@soas.ac.uk.

Paper submission deadline

The deadline for full paper submission is 28th February 2012. To submit a paper please send it directly to h.zou@soas.ac.uk or through the online submission system at the CEA UK website .

Keynote Presentations

Confirmed keynote presentations of the conference include:

  • Prof. Justin Yifu Lin and Prof. Colin Lixin Xu (Chief Economist, Lead Economist, World Bank): “The Chinese way of Economic Reform and Development and the Implications to Other Developing Countries”.
  • Prof. Hongbin Cai (Dean of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University): “Do MNCs‟ R&D Activities Stimulate Indigenous Entrepreneurship? Evidence from China‟s Silicon Valley”.
  • Dr. Guonan Ma and Dr. Robert McCauley (Senior Economist, Bank for International Settlements): “The Evolving Regime of Chinese Currency and Implications for Asian Currency Stability."
  • Prof. Junsen Zhang ( Chinese University of Hong Kong; President of Hong Kong Economic Association): “Population Policies, Pensions, and Habit Formation: Resolving the Chinese Saving Puzzle.”
  • Dr. Ben Groom (Senior Lecturer in Economics, SOAS): “Environmental Services and Poverty Alleviation: Either or Both?”
  • Prof. Laixiang Sun (Head of DeFiMS, SOAS): “Chinese Agriculture in 2030: Impacts on Trade, Society and Environment.”

Venue Information

The main SOAS campus at Russell Square is placed centrally in the Bloomsbury area of London, close to Russell Square, the British Museum, Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

Travel advice for getting to SOAS

The majority of the conference will take place in the Brunei Gallery , which is located between Malet Street and Thornhaugh Street, in the north-west corner of Russell Square opposite SOAS. The Gallery is a five minute walk from the British Museum and is opposite the main entrance to SOAS.

Accommodation and Travel

For conference participants who submitted an accommodation requirements form, requested rooms have been reserved at the Tavistock Hotel , which is just a few minutes walk away from SOAS. There are numerous other hotels and hostels located close to SOAS (please select the links to view a list of these). Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs.