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8th Annual Conference on U.S.-China Economic Relations and China’s Economic Development

The U.S.-China relationship is now second to none in importance for international economic relations and policy and accordingly is a major focus of IIEP. The centerpiece of this initiative is our annual Conference on China’s Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic and Political Relations, which has become one of the premier events of its type. This year, key topics discussed will include China’s financial market, the state of China’s macro-economy, the China-Africa relationship, and China’s outward investments and their impacts.
The conference features leading scholars from the U.S., China, and other countries, who present research on a wide range of issues. Conference sessions have addressed a wide range of topics such as the prospects for China’s continued growth; financial liberalization; trade imbalances and practices; retirement patterns and pension reform; industrial clusters; gender imbalances; the rural-urban development balance and patterns of poverty reduction; labor migration; and China’s role in international development financing. The conference has become a leading forum for experts in the research and policy community to improve understanding of issues critical to China, the U.S., and the global economy.
Beyond the conference, IIEP faculty are also conducting research on critical issues such as Chinese trade and foreign direct investment; China’s state-owned enterprises; the impact of Chinese economic activity in Latin American countries; energy usage and environmental outcomes in China; worldwide trade remedy actions against China; comparisons of U.S. and China unfair trade practices; and revisions to China’s provincial macroeconomic data.

Friday, November 13, 2015

8:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Lindner Commons, Room 602

George Washington University

The Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.


David Dollar

Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
David Dollar is a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development programs in the John L. Thornton China Center. He is a leading expert on China's economy and U.S.-China economic relations. From 2009 to 2013 he was the U.S. Treasury's economic and financial emissary to China. In that capacity, he facilitated the economic and financial policy dialogue between the United States and China. That included the formal meetings, notably the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue, as well as constant exchanges between the treasury department and Chinese economic policymakers at all levels. Based at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, Dollar served as treasury’s eyes and ears on the ground and reported back to Washington on economic and policy developments in China.

The China-Africa Relationship

Howard French

Associate Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
Howard W. French received his B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications in West Africa. He joined The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter with the newspaper for three years, and then from 1990 to 2008 reported overseas for The Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China, based in Shanghai. From 2005 to 2008 alongside his correspondence for The Times, Mr. French was a weekly columnist on global affairs for the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of "A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers.

Heiwai Tang

Assistant Professor of International Economics, John's Hopkins SAIS
Heiwai Tang is Assistant Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Research Fellow of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Center of Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESIfo) in Germany, as well as the Globalization and Economic Policy Center in the U.K. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and held visiting positions at the IMF, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard University, and RIETI.

Wenjie Chen

Assistant Professor of International Business, GWU
Economist, International Monetary Fund
Wenjie Chen is an assistant professor of international business at the George Washington School of Business. She received her MA and PhD in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and BA in economics and mathematics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. She has also worked at the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund. Professor Chen’s main research interests include cross-border mergers and acquisitions, emerging markets and exchange rates. She has published in academic journals including the Journal of International Economics and the IMF Economic Review.

China's Outward Investments and Their Impacts

Ted Haoquan Chu

Chief Economist, International Finance Corporation
Ted Haoquan Chu's ongoing research is focused on globalization, frontiers of technology and institutions, and "posthuman economics," inclusive of the philosophic and ethical dimensions of transhumanism. During his twenty-five years as a business economist, his work included corporate strategy, public policy research, multinational operations, and global financial markets--including roles as chief economist of General Motors and chief economist of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Dr. Chu also held positions as macroeconomist for the World Bank and Arthur D. Little.

Jian-Ye Wang

Professor of Economics, New York University Shanghai
Jian-Ye Wang is Visiting Professor of Economics and Director of the Volatility Institute at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was Economic Counselor and Chief Economist of the Export-Import Bank of China, held various positions at the International Monetary Fund, and also served as Adjunct Professor of Economics at Peking University’s School of Economics. He holds a PhD and MA in Economics from Columbia University and a BA from Peking University. Professor Wang’s research areas include macroeconomics, international economics, and development economics. While serving as Chief Economist of China Exim Bank (2008-2013), he directed the Bank’s economic research and semi-annual publication "China and World Economic Review".

Mauricio Moreira

Integration and Trade Sector Economic Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank
Mauricio Mesquita Moreira currently serves as the Principal Economic Advisor and Research Coordinator of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank. His research has explored the importance of improved transport infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean, trends in industrial and trade policies, and regional exports. Learn more about his research here.

China's Financial Market

Jennifer Carpenter

Associate Professor of Finance, NYU Stern
Jennifer N. Carpenter is an associate professor of finance at New York University Stern School of Business. She is best known for her pioneering research on executive stock options and managerial risk incentives and is increasingly recognized for her developing expertise on China’s evolving financial system. She has published in numerous journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

Jennie Bai

Associate Professor of Finance, Goergetown
Professor Bai’s research focuses on credit risk and liquidity risk in the fixed-income market and financial institutions. She also works on the asset pricing in the art market. She received her Ph.D. from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in 2008. Before joining Georgetown University, Professor Bai also served as an economist at the Federal Research Bank of New York.

Dennis Tao Yang

Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business Administration, UVA
Yang's research focuses primarily on economic development and growth, as well as labor economics, especially in the context of China and economic transition. His work has covered a wide range of topics including household behavior, education, savings, poverty and famine, long-term growth, China's population policies, wage structure, and income distribution. He has published in leading economics journals, such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Development Economics. He has also co-edited three books on economic reforms in China and served on the editorial boards of several international economics journals.

The State of China's Macro-Economy

Li Gan

Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University
Director, China Household Finance Survey
Li Gan is the director of the Survey and Research Center for China Household Finance. The Center's mission is to carry out the China Household Finance Survey nationwide, collecting micro-level information about household finance including housing assets and financial wealth, debts and credit constraints, incomes, expenditures, social security and insurance, etc. Dr. Gan is also a research fellow of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University and a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economics Research.

Hui He

Economist, Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), International Monetary Fund

Hui He is an Economist at the Asian Division of IMF Institute for Capacity Development. His research areas include macroeconomics, labor economics, health economics and Chinese economy. He has published in economics journals such as European Economic Review and Review of Economic Dynamics. Prior to joining the IMF in 2014, he had taught at Peking University (1994-1999), University of Hawaii (2007-2012) and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (2012-2014). He obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. and B.A. from Peking University. He is a Chinese national.

Yingyao Hu

Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University
Yingyao Hu's research focuses on micro-econometrics and its applications in industrial organization and labor economics. Gis recent papers investigate the nonparametric identification and estimation of non-classical measurement error models, and extend these results to models with unobserved heterogeneity or unobserved state variables in industrial organization and labor economics.


08:50-9:00 AM Welcome and Overview of the Conference

9:00-10:30 AM Session 1: The China-Africa Relationship

Chinese Migrants in Africa and the China-Africa Relationship

Howard French, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University

Chinese Investments in Africa

Heiwai Tang (JHU-SAIS) and Wenjie Chen (IMF/IIEP at GWU)

Spillover Effects of China onto Sub-Saharan Africa

IMF Research and Africa Team

10:30-11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 PM Session 2: China's Outward Investments and Their Impact

China Abroad: Investments, Integration, Outlook

Thomas Rehermann, Senior Strategy Officer, IFC

Chinese Investments Abroad

Jianye Wang, Professor of Economics at NYU - Shanghai

Beyond the Boom: Towards a Mature China-Latin America Relationship

Mauricio Moreira, Inter-American Development Bank

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch and Keynote

China's Economic Slowdown and Spillover to the Rest of the World
David Dollar, Senior Fellow on Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution

2:00-2:20 PM Coffee Break

2:20-3:50 PM Session 3: China's Financial Market

The Real Value of China's Stock Market

Jennifer Carpenter, NYU Stern School of Business

The Great Wall of Debt: Corruption, Real Estate, and Chinese Local Government Credit Spreads

Jennie Bai, Georgetown University

Booms and Busts in China's Stock Market

Dennis Tao Yang, University of Virginia

4:00-5:30 PM Session 4: State of China's Macro-Economy

Income Inequality and Economic Transition in China

Li Gan, Texas A&M University; China Household Finance Survey

A Tale of Transition: An Empirical Analysis of Economic Inequality in Urban China

Hui He, Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), International Monetary Fund

Unemployment and Labor Force Participation in China: Long Run Trends and Short Run Dynamics

Yingyao Hu, Johns Hopkins University



    • Hi, Mak. We cannot provide transportation reimbursements, but within one week of the conference, we will be posting media from the event online. Please check back to our blog for more updates – and you can catch live tweets of the conference on November 13th at @IIEPGW. Feel free to tweet us your questions and thoughts!

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