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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

Sponsor: Elsevier

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. We are grateful to Elsevier for their generous contribution in support of the conference.


Keynote Speakers

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


Specially Invited Discussants for the China Human Capital Report (By Alphabetical Order)

·  Zhuo Adam Chen    Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, University of Georgia

·  Yongmiao Hong      Ernest S. Liu Professor of Economics and International Studies,

                       Professor of Statistics, Cornell University (To be confirmed)

·  Gordon Liu             BOYA Professor of Economics &

                                   Director of China Center for Health Economics Research, Peking University

·  Xianchun Xu           Professor, Tsinghua University

 (Former Deputy Director of National Bureau of Statistics, to be confirmed)


Invited Plenary Session Speakers (By Alphabetical Order)

·  Suqin Ge                  Associate Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech

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

·  Jong-Wha Lee        Professor of economics &

                        Director of the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University

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

·  Scott Rozelle           Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow &

                       Co-director of the Rural Education Action Program, Stanford University

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


Elsevier Best Paper Award for Junior Researcher

·  Submissions by junior researchers (exclusively, no senior researchers coauthored) presented at the conference will be considered for the “Elsevier Best Paper Award for Junior Researcher”.

·  The awardee (and any junior coauthors) will receive $1000. This award is dedicated to encourage the junior faculties and his/her junior coauthors. Junior researchers are defined as those whose PhDs was awarded within the 5 years preceding the Conferences.

Abstract Submissions

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,, no later than October 20.

·  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: or email

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

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