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Call for Papers on Asia and the Pacific Economies

7th Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies
Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University and the Asian Development Bank Institute
Suzhou, People’s Republic of China (PRC)
31 May–1 June 2019

We invite submission of papers for a 2-day seminar on topics related to Asia and the Pacific economies. We are looking for original research papers in the field of theoretical and empirical economic and social issues. The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) joins Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) with special sessions on financial inclusion and literacy, small and medium-sized enterprise finance, and infrastructure investment that broaden the scope of the research agenda. The Journal of Asian Economics provides selected papers with publication possibility in a special issue on “Financial Development in Asian Countries”.

Themes of the Seminar:

Two central themes are related to Asia and the Pacific studies and the economy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

  • Asia and the Pacific region has experienced market-oriented reforms, market opening and globalization, economic and financial regionalization, etc., which underpin the first theme. Topics include but are not restricted to Asian integration, trade, foreign investment, financial development, macroeconomics, and exchange rates.
  • The central role of the PRC as the world’s biggest exporter and second largest economy underpins the second theme. Any aspects of the PRC economy may be explored, including trade liberalization, economic concentration, fiscal policy and institutional factors, financial sector reforms, structural reforms, etc.

Information on previous years’ events can be found here.

Many of the original research outputs presented in past seminars have been disseminated through the RIEI Working Paper Series.

ADBI Special Sessions

This is the fifth year that ADBI is organizing special sessions for the seminar. The topics for the ADBI special sessions include the following:

  • financial inclusion and financial literacy
  • small and medium-sized enterprise finance
  • infrastructure investment and finance

Special Issue: Journal of Asian Economics

In cooperation with the Journal of Asian Economics (SSCI, impact factor 0.753), selected papers from the conference will be included in a special issue on: “Financial Development in Asian Countries”. We are particularly interested in papers related to the financial sector, including banking stock and futures markets, as well as the penetration of financial products in the economy. Some topics related to this theme may be:

  • Access to finance
  • Financial literacy
  • Regulations in financial markets
  • Systemic risk in financial markets

Funding Opportunities

There is some limited funding to support some of the presenters. We provide economy-class transport (international or domestic) to Suzhou and three nights’ accommodation for participants from East Asia. Participants from other locations may apply for partial funding.


In your submission, you must clearly state:

  • Whether you would like to be considered to be included in the special issue of the Journal of Asian Economics on “Financial Development in Asian countries”.
  • Whether you would like to be considered for funding to attend the seminar as first option.
  • Whether you would like to be considered to attend the seminar as self-funded if the available funding opportunities are exhausted.

Otherwise, your submission would not be considered complete.

Full papers (around 8,000 words) or abstracts (300 words or less) must be submitted to [email protected] no later than 20 February 2019 as a Word document containing a title, name and affiliation of the author(s), contact information and the appropriate fields (JEL classifications). However, early applications with a full paper are preferred. The working language of the seminar will be English. Only papers written in English will be considered. If there are two or more authors, please identify who will be attending. Selected papers will be notified by middle March or earlier. To authors that submit an extended abstract, a full draft paper will be required for the workshop, and should be submitted by 20 March 2019.

Important Dates

  • May 31 (Friday) and June 1 (Saturday) 2019
  • Venue: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China
  • Submission Deadline: Abstract (20 February 2019); Full paper (20 March 2019)
  • Language: English

Registration Fees:

Presenters of selected papers are required to register and pay a $50 fee for the seminar.


Each paper is assigned a 50-minute slot, which includes a 30-minute presentation, 10 minutes for comments from discussant/s and 10 minutes for open floor Q&A. At least one discussant per paper will comment on the paper and lead the discussion. All presenters will be requested to serve as discussant and provide comments in at least one other paper. The seminar consists of six sessions, spread out through Friday and Saturday. Since all papers are equally important, all participants are expected to be available both days.

Organizing Committee

  • Yang Chen, Lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Peter Morgan, ADBI
  • Paulo Regis, Associate Professor, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Nimesh Salike, Associate Professor, IBSS, XJTLU