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Call for Papers: 8th Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies


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8th Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies
Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University (XJTLU) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
Suzhou, People’s Republic of China
29–30 May 2020

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has played a central role in driving market reforms, opening up, economic and financial regionalization, and social development across Asia and the Pacific. Now the PRC and the region are experiencing new challenges and opportunities reflecting a myriad of domestic, regional, and global factors.

ADBI and XJTLU invite submission of original, unpublished theoretical and empirical research papers to be presented at the 8th Seminar on Asia and Pacific Economies on 29-30 May 2020, including ADBI special sessions on financial inclusion and financial literacy, small and medium-sized enterprise finance, and the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic integration
  • Trade and foreign investment liberalization
  • Financial development and reforms
  • Policy and institutional issues
  • Structural reforms

Submission Procedure

Full papers in English of around 8,000 words or abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted to [email protected] no later than 29 February 2020. Paper submissions should include a title, name and affiliation of author(s), email address(es), JEL codes, session for consideration (general or ADBI), and ability to participate on a self-funded basis (yes/no).

Early submissions with a full paper are preferred.

The working language of the seminar will be English. If there are two or more authors, please identify who will attend the seminar. Selected papers will be notified by mid-March.

Authors that submit an abstract are required to submit a full draft paper by 29 March 2020 to participate in the seminar.

Funding Opportunities

For ADBI sessions, ADBI will provide economy-class transport (international and domestic) to Suzhou and up to three nights’ accommodation.

Participants for general sessions may also apply for funding. If the funding opportunities are exhausted, authors of selected papers may attend the seminar as self-funded participants.

Self-Funded Participants

Self-funded participants are required to register and pay a USD50 registration fee that covers two lunches and one dinner. Accommodation and trip-related expenses are also the responsibility of self-funded participants.


Each paper will be assigned a 50-minute slot, including a 30-minute presentation, 10-minute discussant comment period, and 10-minute open-floor Q&A. At least one discussant will comment on each paper and lead the discussion. All presenters will be requested to serve as discussants and provide comments on at least one other paper. Since all papers are equally important, all participants are expected to be available on both days of the seminar.

Organizing Committee

  • Yang Chen, International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), XJTLU
  • Peter Morgan, ADBI
  • Paulo Regis, IBSS, XJTLU
  • Nimesh Salike, IBSS, XJTLU

Previous Seminars

Information on previous seminars can be found here.

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