CFP: International Seminar on Asia and Pacific Economies

21 01 2015
AS: Will there ever be something resembling the European Union in East Asia? If so, what would be the implications for business strategy? What is the current state of regional economic integration? If you do research related to these questions, or on the issue of financial inclusion, you may be interested in this CFP for a workshop that will take place at the University of Liverpool’s campus in China  Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU).
Call for Papers
XJTLU and ADBI announces
3rd seminar on Asia and Pacific Economies
May 8-9, 2015
Suzhou, China

We invite submission of papers for a 2 day seminar on topics related to Asia and Pacific economies. We are looking for original research papers in the field of economic integration issues that are theoretical, empirical and experimental in nature. This year, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) joins Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) with a special session on financial inclusion that emphasizes the scope of the research agenda on economic integration.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at XJTLU welcomes this collaboration with ADBI.

Theme of the seminar: Economic integration
The central theme of the seminar is economic integration related to Asia & Pacific studies and the Chinese economy. The Asia Pacific region has experienced market-oriented reforms, openness and globalization, economic regionalization, cross-border interactions, integration, etc., which underpin the first facet of the seminar theme. Topics include trade, foreign investment, finance, macroeconomics and exchange rates as well as international economic relations.

The central role of China in this process as the world’s biggest exporter and the world’s second largest economy underpins the second facet. The Chinese economy may be explored, including trade related aspects, economic agglomeration, public policy and domestic integration. 
ADBI Special Session: New Frontiers in Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education
Financial inclusion is becoming a mainstream aspect of policies for inclusive and sustainable growth in emerging economies.  Expansion of financial access, either through development of innovative institutions or technologies, requires concomitant development and extensions of financial regulation to ensure financial stability and protection of financial service users, while financial education can improve the ability of lower-income households and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of improved access to financial products and services. The objective of this session is to disseminate recent works and to organize a discussion platform on relevant financial inclusion, regulation and education issues in Asia & Pacific and across other regions.  It will provide background studies, both from academic and policy viewpoints. 
The objectives of the seminar are: 

• to build a network of researchers in the area of Asia and Pacific economic studies.

• to provide a forum for presenting research papers and developing joint research.

• to lay the foundations for the formation of the proposed research centre at XJTLU.

Organizing Committee:
Yang Chen, Lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU

Peter Morgan, Senior Consultant for Research, ADBI

Paulo Regis, Associate Professor, IBSS, XJTLU

Nimesh Salike, Lecturer, IBSS, XJTLU

Abstracts (250 words or less) must be submitted to no later than March 10, 2015 as Word document containing a title, name and affiliation of the author(s), contact information and the appropriate field (JEL classification). 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 two authors or more, please identify who will be attending. The author(s) of the selected papers will be notified by the end of March or earlier. A full draft paper will be required for the workshop, and should be submitted by April 10, 2015.

Authors would be required to make a 30 minutes presentation. One discussant per paper would comment on the paper and lead the discussion. 

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. 

May 8 (Friday) and May 9 (Saturday) 2015

Venue: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

Submission Deadline: Abstract (March 10, 2015); Full paper (April 10, 2015)

Language: English 



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