Final Call for Papers

The 15th International Symposium on Human Capital and Labor Markets

Celebrating Release of the China Human Capital Report 2023

China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research (CHLR)

Central University of Finance and Economics


Central University of Finance and Economics & University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Joint Research Data Center (CEDC)


Jinan Human Capital Industry Research Institute

December 8-11, 2023
Beijing, China

The conference will mark the release of the 15th annual China Human Capital Report-2023. It will feature distinguished keynote speeches, plenary and parallel sessions on critical topics related to human capital and labor markets on December 9 preceded by an onsite reception on December 8.

Keynote Speaker:

Lance Lochner

Professor of Economics, University of Western Ontario

Editor, Journal of Political Economy

Specially Invited Discussant

Jong-Wha Lee

Eminent Professor, Korea University


We welcome papers on topics dealing with broad areas of human capital and labor markets.

· Please submit an extended abstract (400-500 words in English) by midnight (12am) on November 8, 2023 (Eastern Standard Time) online at:

· Each session consists of paper presentations and discussion, both in English.

· Decisions on submissions will be announced in mid November.

· All papers accepted for presentation must be submitted to the conference by December 1, 2023 (Beijing Time, GMT+8) so that discussants will have enough time to prepare comments.

· We prefer in-person sessions, but there will also be online sessions to accommodate presenters who are unable to join in person.

China Economic Review Special Issue

  • All      submissions accepted for presentation will be eligible for submission to a      Special Issue of China Economic      Review.

Keynote Speaker Bio

· Professor Lochner is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Human Capital and Inequality. He also serves as Co-coordinator of the Markets Network of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group and maintains research affiliations with the National Bureau of Economic Research in the U.S., the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in Italy, and CESifo in Germany. He is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and of the International Association for Applied Econometrics. He is also an editor at the Journal of Political Economy, and served as an editor at the Journal of Labor Economics (2013-2021). He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1998.

  • Professor      Lochner’s research is largely devoted to the study of human capital      formation throughout the lifecycle; although, he has also studied aspects      of criminal behavior. His current research examines intergenerational      mobility, including the nature of family investments in children and child      development; post-secondary financing policies, especially the structure      and implications of student loan contracts; and the evolution of skills      and skill prices in the economy.

Specially-Invited Discussant Bio

· Professor Jong-Wha Lee is the Eminent Professor at Korea University. He was previously Chief Economist and Director General of Economics and Research Department at the Asian Development Bank and an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He has served as a senior adviser for international economic affairs to the former President of South Korea and G20 sherpa. He has also served as president of both the Korea Economic Association and the Korea International Economic Association. He has taught at Australian National University, Columbia University, Harvard University and Peking University. He obtained his Ph.D. and Master’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

· Professor Lee has made significant contributions to the field of economics, with particular focus on human capital, growth, international finance, and economic integration. His most recent books include Crisis and Recovery: Learning from the Asian Experience (World Scientific, 2016), and Education Matters: Global Schooling Gains from the 19th to the 21st Century with Robert J. Barro (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has been honored with numerous awards, including Korean National Academy of Sciences Award, Kyung-Ahm Prize, Inchon Award, Cheongram Prize, Maekyung Economist Award, and Dasan Economics Award.

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Contact Information

· Please check the CHLR website for updated information:

· Email for questions

· Call CHLR office (Ms. Rong Huang or Ms. Lingxuan Zhu), 010-6228-8298

Main Program Structure

December 8, 2023




Reception/Dinner (Location: TBD)

December 9, 2023





Opening and Welcome Remarks

The Release of the 15th China Human Capital Report-2023 and Discussion

Keynote Speech



Morning Parallel Session


Regular Parallel Sessions

National Natural Science   Foundation of China-National Research Foundation of Korea (NSFC-NRF) Collaborative Project Session

Joint Session with Jinan   Human Capital Industry Research Institute

Joint Session with Central University of Finance and Economics & University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Joint Research Data Center (CEDC)

Graduate Student Sessions


Conference Banquet Joint with  Alumni Reunion (Location: TBD)

December 10, 2023


CHLR Human Capital Project Round-Table Discussion


Human Capital Valuation  Round-Table Discussion

December 11, 2023


NSFC-NRF Collaborative Project Round-Table   Discussion

Organizing Committee
Haizheng Li (Chair), Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Belton Fleisher (Co-Chair), Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University and CHLR
Zhiqiang Liu, (Co-Chair), Professor, SUNY at Buffalo

Chen Huang (Coordinator), Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Arizona), CHLR

Yi Zhang (Coordinator), Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Tilburg University), CHLR

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

Cynthia A. Bansak, Professor, St. Lawrence University and CHLR

Steven F. Lehrer, Professor, Queen’s University and CHLR

Sophie Wang, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University), CHLR

Fanzheng Yang, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Iowa State University), CHLR

Ning Jia, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame), CHLR

Nina Yin, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Toulouse School of Economics), CHLR

Yulong Chen, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Iowa State University), CHLR

Xianfang Xiong, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Hunan University/Georgia Institute of Technology), CHLR

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