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The Chinese Economists Society (CES)

North American Conference

Kensington Court Hotel, Ann Arbor, MI

March 14-15, 2015

Economic Transformation and China’s

Role in the World Economy


The Chinese Economists Society

University of Michigan

Henan University

Conference Committee CES Officers (2014-2015)

Organizing Committee: PRESIDENT:

Dr. Shi, Lizheng

Chair: Tulane University Lizheng Shi, Tulane University


Co-Chairs: Dr. Wing Thye Woo Yong Yang, Ford Motor Co. University of California at Davis Jing Cai, University of Michigan

Shuming Bao, University of Michigan BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Folmer Henk Conference Manager: Groningen University You Tian Xingyun Liu Shandong University of Finance and Economic Conference Co-Sponsors Xuepeng Liu Henan University Business School Kennesaw State University UM Office of Vice President for Research Yong Yang Ford Motor Company UM Center for Chinese Studies Jian Yang General Motors Corporation University of Colorado Denver UM Department of Economics Qi Zhang Old Dominion University



UM China Data Center China Economic Review Editor-in-Chief Dr. Fleshier, BeltonThe Ohio State University


Dr. Hou, Jack, Chair California State University at Long Beach


Dr. YIN, Jason, Chair Seton Hall University


Dr. Bao, Shuming University of Michigan CES Advisory Board Arrow, Kenneth J., Stanford University Liu, Guoguang, Chinese Academy of Social Bergsten, C. Fred, Peterson Institute for Sciences O’Brien, Patrick, London School of Economics International Economics Cheng, Chu-Yuan, Ball State University Perkins, Dwight H., Harvard University Chow, Gregory, Princeton University Sachs, Jeffrey D., Columbia University Dernberger, Robert, University of Michigan Woo, Wing Thye, University of California at Hsiao, William, Harvard University Davis Heckman, James J., University of Chicago Wu, Jinglian, Development Research Council Klein, Lawrence, University of Pennsylvania of the State Council Li, Yining, Peking University Yu, Tzong-Shian, Economic and Enterprise Lin, Justin Yifu, World Bank Research Institute of Taiwan

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Under the theme of “China’s Economic Transformation and Its Role in the World Economy”, the conference covers a wide range of topics on China’s current economic reform and future development. The conference particularly focuses on the challenges China is facing including rising labor costs, worsening environmental pollution, and delayed institutional reforms, to name a few. I am pleased to report that this year we have selected more than 140 papers for presentation. In addition to the participants from North America, we have about 35 presenters from China. Please join me in welcoming them!!! In addition, we have also supported more than 20 new doctoral student members, who normally would not be able to attend the CES China annual conference due to time and budget constraints. Welcome! They are the future of the CES.

We are very fortunate and grateful to have this conference jointly hosted by the University of Michigan, and our long-time partner Henan University. In particular, we greatly appreciate the multiple academic unites in the University of Michigan, China Data Center, Department of Economics, ICPCR, OVPR and General Motors Foundation, and the School of Economics at Henan University. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to CES Finance Committee members for their generous financial support for subsidizing the travel expenses of some new student members. On behalf of CES, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our sponsors.

Lastly, I personally thank Dr. Yong Yang, the CES Executive Director Dr. Shuming Bao, and all members of organization committee, as well as volunteers for their tireless effort in organizing this conference.

I look forward to a frank and productive exchange of views and opinions at this conference and wish everyone a wonderful weekend here Lizheng Shi President of the Chinese Economists Society, March 2015

Introduction of CES

The Chinese Economists Society is a non-profit academic organizationbased and registered in the United States. It was founded on May 26th1985 in New York Cityby a group of Chinese graduate students and scholars in the United States and Canada. The aim of the Society is to promote scholarly exchanges among its members and contribute to the advancement and dissemination of economics and management sciences in China.

The CES currently has hundreds of active individual members and dozens of institutional members. Most current individual members of the CES are Chinese scholars and students of economics and related fields in North America. The combination of many CES members’ roots in China and knowledge of modern economics gives the CES the competitive edge in the profession. It also helps the CES develop channels to influence the Chinese economic policies and advocate market-based reforms in China. In recent years, the CES has also attracted more and more scholars and students of non-Chinese background who are interested in the studies of the Chinese economy.

Over years more than two thousand individuals have joined the CES from universities, research institutes, and other public or private organizations throughout North America, Asia, Europe and other regions of the world. Many CES members, after studying and working overseas for some years, have now returned to work and live in China. Some of them are playing leading roles in important government departments, universities, research institutes, multinational firms, and international institutions such as World Bank and IMF. Thanks to the links to these members, the Society is probably the most influential group that bridges academic exchanges in economics and related areas between the North America and China.

To promote scholarly exchanges among its members, the Society holds the CES Annual Conference, with its first held in Princeton, N.J. in 1985. It launched its English-language journal China Economic Review (CER) in 1989. Just in a few years the journal achieved worldwide circulation and became a highly influential academic periodical on the Chinese economy. CES became a member of the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) in 1992 and has sponsored independent and joint sessions with other associations at annual ASSA meetings ever since.

In order to promote market-based economic reforms in China, the Society has since 1993 organized its annual conference very year in China, often jointly hosted by a Chinese university or research institute. The CES conferences have been widely attended by internationally renowned economists (including Nobel prize laureates), senior government officials and business leaders and have had profound policy impacts on China’s market-oriented transition and reforms as well as economic development strategy. Many of the papers presented at these conferences have been published in special issues of professional economics journals and in dozens of academic volumes by internationally esteemed publishers. Every year since 2005, two outstanding papers presented at the CES annual conference are selected to receive the Gregory Chow Best Paper Award.

Our Society has endeavoured to make contributions to the advancement and dissemination of economics and management sciences in China. In the early 1990s, it mobilized its members to write a 14-volume Market Economics Book Series (1993), a three-volume Frontiers of Modern Economics(1989, 1993, 1998), and a 12-volume Modern Business Administration Book Series (1995) in Chinese. These publications pioneered the introduction of modern economics and managerial science to the Chinese readers. The Society has also had dozens of its conference proceedings, research reports, and collections of papers published in China.

Since 1990, the CES has run short-term teaching programs every year to support its overseas members to teach economic courses in Chinese universities. The programs were first funded by Ford Foundation and later have been sponsored by Gregory Chow Foundation.

Apart from its annual conferences, the CES has also held ad hoc forums, symposia, conferences in North America and China on various themes. Over years, the Society has organized field studies in various places of mainland China, Taiwan province, and research trips to Singapore, South Korea, Russia, East Europe, etc.

Most of the CES institutional members are universities in China. Since the turn of the century, the CES has become an important platform for Chinese universities and institutions to recruit economists from North America. Every year through the CES-organized events and membership networking, many young economists are recruited and employed by universities and institutions in China.

From the date of its founding, the CES has operated on democratic principles of free election and check-and-balance. It holds annual elections to let its members choose a President-elect and the Board of Directors for a one-year term to manage the Society. Since 1999, the election has been conducted online. A Finance Committee was set up in 2003 to supervise financial affairs of the Society, enforce accounting regulations, and manage the Society assets. The CES Academic Publication Council was set up in 2006 to initiate and execute policies governing the Society’s academic publications. Since 2007, a decision-making governing body, the CES Regents, has been set up to oversee matters affecting the growth and future of the CES. The CES continues to benefit from a distinguished advisory committee consisting of Nobel laureates and renowned economists.

Since its founding, the CES has evolved into an international professional society for Chinese scholars of economics and all those who are interested in studies of the Chinese economy. The CES will continue to renovate itself in the coming years.

About The University of Michigan The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. In 1866, the University of Michigan became the largest university in the country, with 1205 enrolled students.

Today, the University of Michigan remains one of the most distinguished universities in the world and a leader in higher education. It is one of a small number of public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, and it regularly is in the top three of the country’s public institutions, with over 51,000 students and 5,600 faculty at three campuses. The University of Michigan boasts of one of the largest health care complexes in the world, the best university library system in the country, and the some of the best computer access for students and faculty of any campus in the world. Over 5,500 undergraduate courses are taught each term in over 100 programs. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students have a choice of 17 separate schools and colleges, 588 majors, over 600 student organizations, 350 concerts and recitals every year, as well as hundreds of speakers, symposia, films, and readings.

The students at the University of Michigan come from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. About 2619 students from China joined U-M in 2014, which is 44% of the total international students. U-M is the largest pre-med and pre-law university in the country; more Michigan students are accepted into U.S. medical schools than are students from any other undergraduate campus in the nation.

The University of Michigan’s size, complexity and academic strength, its impressive array of resources and opportunities, the quality of its faculty and research institutes—-all these elements contribute to the rich environment where students learn and challenge themselves as they come into contact with people, cultures and ideas from all over the world.

Information from University of Michigan Website and University of Michigan Student Life 2014 Statistical report About Henan University Henan University is located in Kaifeng, a famous historic city which used to be the capital of China during seven different dynasties. Imperial examinations were held in this place 100 years ago; the last two imperial examinations held here in 1903 and 1904 marked the end of the thousand-year-long imperial examination system. In 1912, Lin Boxiang and a group of people with lofty ideals founded the Preparatory School for Further Study in Europe and America, then one of the three major schools to prepare students for overseas study. It was later renamed Zhongzhou University, No.5 National Zhongshan University and Provincial Henan University. In 1942 it became the National Henan University and had developed into an influential comprehensive university with 6 schools, namely, the School of Liberal Arts, School of Science, School of Agriculture, School of Engineering, School of Medicine and the Law School. As one of the National Universities then, Henan University was renowned for its brilliant academic strength. After the founding of PRC, the School of Agriculture, the School of Medicine and the School of Administration were separated from Henan University and became Henan College of Agriculture, Henan College of Medicine and Henan Administrative Institute of Politics and Law. The schools of water conservancy, finance and economics and others were transferred to Wuhan University, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law as well as to other universities. Henan University was renamed Henan Normal College, Kaifeng Normal College and Henan Normal University. The name Henan University was restored in 1984. In 2000, Henan University merged with Kaifeng Normal College and Kaifeng Medicine College to become the new Henan University. In 2008, the Henan provincial Government and the Ministry of Education signed an agreement to jointly support the development of Henan University therefore allowing Henan University to formally enter the list of the universities which are jointly developed by the provincial government and the ministry.

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