The 11th Annual Conference on China’s Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relations

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. 

Understanding China’s economic development has only become more important over the last decade. Understanding the structural building blocks of domestic Chinese economic activity is as necessary as understanding China’s foreign economic activity, whether regionally across the globe or in it’s interactions with the United States.  Amidst talk of a “trade war” between the U.S. and China, it is vital that we have a shared understanding of what is taking place within the Chinese economy, how that affects relations with the U.S., and what it means for China’s global ambitions.


Schedule of Events
8:15 – 8:50 AM Coffee and Registration

8:50 – 9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks: Maggie Chen (IIEP Director, GWU)

9:00 – 9:45 AM Keynote

  • Hanming Fang, University of Pennsylvania: “Growing Pains” in the Chinese Social Security System

9:45 – 10:45 AM Trends in China’s Macro Economy

  • Moderator: Chao Wei, The George Washington University

  • Kaiji Chen, Emory University: “Macroeconomic Impacts of China’s Financial Policies”

  • Grace Li, International Monetary Fund: “The State and China’s Productivity Declaration: Firm-Level Evidence”

10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00 PM Technology, Institution and Firm Growth

  • Moderator: Susan Aaronson, The George Washington University

  • Nancy Qian, Northwestern University: “The Dynamic Effects of Computerization on VAT in China”

  • Maggie Chen, George Washington University: “Omnia Juncta in Uno”: Foreign Powers, Institutions and Firms in Shanghai’s Concession Era

12:00 – 12:50 PM Lunch

12:50 – 1:00 PM Remarks: Ambassador Reuben Brigety II (Dean, Elliot School, GWU)

1:00 – 1:45 PM Keynote

  • Caroline Freund, World Bank: “U.S.-China Trade Tensions”

1:45 – 2:45 PM The Myths of U.S.-China Trade War

  • Moderator: Steve Suranovic, The George Washington University

  • Jiandong Ju, Tsinghua University: “US-China Trade Dispute and Restructuring the Globalization”

  • Mary Lovely, Peterson Institute for International Economics: “China’s Techno-Industrial FDI Policy”

2:45 – 3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM Going Out: China’s Aid, Investment, and Finance to Developing Countries

  • Moderator: Joseph Pelzman, The George Washington University

  • Barbara Stallings, Brown University and George Washington University: “China and its Neighbors: Aid and Investment in East Asia”

  • Stephen Kaplan, George Washington University “The Rise of Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance in the Western Hemisphere”

4:00 – 5:00 PM Gender, Migration, and Labor Markets in China

  • Moderator: Yao Pan, Aalto University

  • Peter Kuhn, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Gender-Targeted Job Ads in the Recruitment Process: Evidence from China”

  • Sugin Ge, Virginia Tech: “Assimilation and the Wage Growth of Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China”


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