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The 10th International Symposium on Human Capital and Labor Markets

Celebrating Release of the China Human Capital Report 2018
The China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research (CHLR)

Central University of Finance and Economics    

December 7-9, 2018
Beijing, China

Our tenth anniversary conference will mark the release of the tenth annual China Human Capital Report-2018. The conference will feature distinguished keynote speeches, plenary and parallel sessions on critical topics related to human capital and labor markets on December 8-9, preceded by a reception for all attendees on December 7.


Keynote speakers

·         James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago (to be confirmed)

·         Benjamin F. Jones, the Gordon and Llura Family Professor of Entrepreneurship, Northwestern University    


Plenary Session Speakers  

·         Gary Jefferson, Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance, Brandeis University

·         Mary O’Mahony, Professor of Applied Economics, King’s College London

·         Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the Co-director of the Rural Education Action Program, Stanford University.  

·         Le Wang, Chong K. Liew Chair and Professor, University of Oklahoma    



We invite submission of individual papers. Topics dealing with broad areas of human capital and labor markets are all welcome.    

·         Submit abstract (400-500 words) no later than October 15, 2018 at the following website:



·         Notification of decision will be announced by November 1.

·         Each session consists of 4 papers and discussants.

·         All papers accepted for presentation must be submitted to the conference by November 30 so that discussants have enough time to prepare comments.    


Accommodation and Travel Subsidy

·         Presenters (one presenter per paper) will be provided with hotel accommodation of three nights and meals during the conference (December 7-9).

·         Junior faculty (within 5 years of receiving PhD and certified by their institution) and PhD candidates (i.e., have passed comprehensive examinations and certified by their office of graduate studies) may apply for international travel subsidy for one half of the airfare up to US$600, subject to budgetary limitations.

·         The application for travel subsidy must be submitted via the CHLR website, http://humancapital.cufe.edu.cn/, no later than October 15.

·         The decision on the travel subsidy will be announced by November 1.


China Economic Review Special Issue

·         All submissions accepted for the conference will be eligible for submission to a Special Issue of China Economic Review.


Contact Information

·         For questions and inquiries, please check the CHLR website for updated information: http://humancapital.cufe.edu.cn/or email chlr_conference@163.com


Organizing Committee

Belton Fleisher (Co-Chair), Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University and CHLR
Haizheng Li (Co-Chair), Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology and CHLR


Nina Yin (Coordinator), Assistant Professor, CHLR

Barbara Fraumeni, Professor Emerita, University of Southern Maine and CHLR

Carsten Holz, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and CHLR
Zhiqiang Liu, Associate Professor, SUNY at Buffalo and CHLR
Ning Jia, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame), CHLR

Shan Li, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., George Washington University), CHLR
Sophie Wang, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University), CHLR
Fanzheng Yang, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Iowa State University, CHLR


6th Floor Academic Hall, Central University of Finance and Economics 39 South College Road, Haidian District,Beijing, P.R.China   100081

Phone(Fax): +86-10-62288298   Email: cufechlr@gmail.com