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The 28th CEA (UK) and 9th CEA (Europe) Annual Conference

China's New Development: Innovation and Economic Transformation

The University of Manchester

1 - 3 September 2017

Online registration will be open from 11 May 2017.  

Following nearly 40 years of reform the Chinese economy has transformed in almost every aspect. It has gone from being one of the most closed and isolated economies in the world of little relevance to the global economy and become both highly globalised and the world’s second biggest economy. It is predicted that China will surpass the US in a decade’s time. There are two questions that need to be urgently addressed. 1) This change is having an important impact on international relations, as we have observed in the UK politics and elsewhere. 2) whether China is able to maintain its speed of economic growth. China’s growth has been slowing down to around 7 percent in recent years, compared to its high speed of growth of more than 9 percent per annual between 1979 and 2013.

It has been convincingly argued that China’s past growth was driven by high investment and increasing labour participation, with the state playing an active role in economic development. In particular, China’s high investment in public goods, especially infrastructure, has resulted in massive improvements in transportation and communication that have reduced the cost of trade and thereby increased the opportunities for other economic players to realise their potential. In addition to the state sector, China also has a very large private sector. China’s private enterprises have been using China’s comparative advantage in cheap labour, specialising in the production of labour-intensive goods and have become highly competitive in the world market.

At the heart of this progress has been a process of people moving out of agriculture, where there were low productivity surplus agricultural workers, into industry where they have been far more productive. At the moment, capital per worker still has a potential to increase, and domestic consumption is still low in comparison with other countries. Industries need to move to higher value added activities and productivities need to be improved further.

China has reached the middle income level. It is now in the process of another transformation taking it to the higher income level. If China is able to successfully undergo this new structural change, it will be able to achieve a higher quality economic growth with financial stability, social justice and environmental sustainability.

To address these important issues concerning China, the Chinese Economic Association (UK and Europe) is organizing its annual conference at the University of  Manchester, 1-3 September 2017.

Features of the conference include:

  • The China-UK-Europe Forum, a roundtable with senior government officials business leaders, and renowned scholars from China and Europe.
  • Awards for best papers submitted and presented by PhD students.
  • Information corner on job opportunities.
  • Social events: Two formal dinners, one with Chinese music orchestra. A guide tour to Manchester’s renowned landmark.

Special sessions

If you would like to organize a special session on a specific topic and have speakers in mind, please submit your proposal to by 30 April 2017. Each organized session should consist of 3-4 individual papers. Proposal should contain a tentative name of the session, titles of papers along with their abstracts, as well as names of session presenters and their e-mails.


We will be editing two special issues: one for The Manchester School (TMS), and another for the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies (JCEBS). All papers accepted for the conference are eligible for the special issues with the two journals. Papers will be reviewed for the two journals upon receipt using their normal criteria. Note that the acceptance of a paper to the conference is not a guarantee of publication by TMS or JCEBS. Selected conference papers may also have chance to be published in edited books.


The keynote speeches will be given by the following distinguished scholars:

  • Professor Shi Li, Director, China Institution for Income Distribution, Beijing Normal University.
  • Professor Justin Lin, Honorary Dean, Peking University; Former Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank.
  • Professor Rachel Ngai, Department of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
  • Professor Guoqiang Tian, Dean, School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; and Texas A&M University.
  • Professor Yi Wen, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.


Conference fee is £180; PhD student concessional fee is £80. The conference fee includes one-year membership of CEA and four issues of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.

All presenters and conference attendees must register for the Conference. Registration should be made online through the conference page, which will be open after the deadline of submission. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

Register online.

Conference chair

  • Xiaobing Wang, University of Manchester, President-Elect of Chinese Economic Association (Europe/UK)
  • Terry Peach, University of Manchester and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Local organisers

  • Ning Xue

In cooperation with