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HCEO–IESR Summer School: Best Paper Competition


HCEO–IESR Summer School: Best Paper Competition took place in Jinan University, Guangzhou from July 1st to 5th, 2019.

It is already the 4th IESR and HCEO (Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group) joint summer program since we have started collaborating in 2016 (Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality (SSSI) in 2016, 2017; Faculty Training Seminar in 2018). 

This year, HCEO Co-Director Steven Durlauf and IESR Dean Shuaizhang Feng joined their forces in co-directing a 5-day Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality for undergraduate students and the very first "Chicago-Jinan Joint Initiative" Best Paper Competition. In addition, IESR conjointly held a summer camp for students interested in pursuing Master’s degree at our institute.

HCEO–IESR Summer School

The mission of this HCEO–IESR summer program is to equip students with a fundamental understanding on various economic topics, provide them with necessary tools to study inequality and to communicate a sense of the research frontier on this topic both nationally and internationally. The program also aims to encourage undergraduates to immerse themselves into the research field they feel passionate about by competing for the Best Paper Award 2019.

68 students from all over China participated in the HCEO–IESR Summer School where Lawrence Blume (Cornell University), Jimmy Chan (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Steven Durlauf (University of Chicago), Chao Fu (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Raji Jayaraman (ESMT Berlin) and James Kung (Hong Kong University) gave introductory lectures on a wide array of economic topics.

Steve Durlauf, Steans Professor in Educational Policy at the University of Chicago, HCEO Co-Director

“Social Interactions”

Lawrence Blume, Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics at Cornell University 

“Causation and Economics”

Jimmy Chan, Professor of Economics at Chinese University of Hong Kong

“Behavioral Welfare Economics”

Raji Jayaraman, Associate Professor of Economics at ESMT Berlin

“Experiments in Development”

Chao Fu, Mary Claire Aschenbrenner Phipps Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

“Wage Dispersion in the Labor Market”

James Kung, Sein and Isaac Souede Professor of Economic History at Hong Kong University

“Long-Term Persistence (Keju) Political Economy”


Steven Durlauf and Chao fu (on the left), Raji Jayaraman and Jimmy Chan (on the right)


Lawrence Blume and James Kung

"Chicago-Jinan Joint Initiative" Best Paper Competition

On top of the series of outstanding lectures, there were two days of intensive paper presentations before a panel of leading experts (Steven Durlauf, Lawrence Blume, Raji Jayaraman, Chao Fu, Jimmy Chan and IESR Assistant Professor Jinseong Park) who thereafter provided each student with a constructive feedback.

There was a total of 16 students who presented their research, all coming from various universities in China including Peking University, Renmin University of China, Sun-Yat Sen University, Xiamen University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Jinan University, and others.

The winners of the "Chicago-Jinan Joint Initiative" Best Paper Competition were announced at the closing ceremony of HCEO–IESR Summer School on Friday, July 5th.

First prize winner

The Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment – Evidence from Chinese Industrial Firms

Yu Yan (Institute for Economic and Social Research, Jinan University).

Second prize winner

School Choice with Constraints: An Experimental Investigation of the Chinese Parallel Mechanism

Zhecheng Luo (Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, Xiamen University).

Third prize winners

Understanding China’s Monetary Policy Communication: A Machine Learning Approach

Ziwei Mei (Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University)

The Impact of Lineage Networks on Households Schooling Decision in Rural China

Wei Li (Institute for Economic and Social Research, Jinan University)

Geographic Proximity, Information Flows and Corporate Innovation: Evidence from the High-speed Rail Construction

Zixun Zhou (International School of Business & Finance, Sun Yat-sen University)


Closing ceremony of HCEO–IESR Summer School: Best Paper Competition

IESR Summer Camp: Master’s Admission

44 out of the 68 students participating in the HCEO-IESR summer school also took part in the IESR summer camp hoping to get enrolled in the MA program in Applied Economics here at IESR. 

In addition to attending written examination and the interview, as well as furthering their knowledge on the broad range of economic topics through the above lectures, undergraduates had an exceptional opportunity to visit the world’s leading provider of CCTV and Video Surveillance products and solutions HIKVISION, and also spend one of the afternoons learning more about local history in Guangdong Museum.


IESR Summer Camp 2019


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