The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University (Guangzhou China), founded in October 2015, is dedicated to build a world-renowned research program in applied economics, as well as a leading Chinese think tank. Professor Shuaizhang Feng is appointed as the first dean of IESR. Professor Feng was honored as a Distinguished Young Scholar by the National Science Foundation of China in 2014, and was appointed as a Yangtze River Scholar endowed professor by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2012.

One unique feature of IESR is its survey data center, which intends to play a major role in the collection, synthesis and analysis of micro-level data in China. The survey data center has launched several ongoing projects covering topics such as the Chinese labor market, rural-to-urban migration, and the development of children and youth, among others. IESR firmly believes the power of evidence to improve both our intellectual understandings and our abilities to advance people's welfare. Our data will be used to produce top-notch academic researches well as high-quality, fact-based policy research and recommendations on important public policy issues.

IESR plans to recruit 30 faculty members at all ranks in the next several years. The institute is developing partnerships with various world-leading academic institutions and think tanks. The institute also engages in developing high standard graduate programs, including both masters and PhD programs in economics. IESR’s mission is to advance rigorous economic and social research in China, and to make significant contributions to the betterment of our society.