Institute for Economic and Social Research

About IESR


The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) was founded at Jinan University in December 2015. Since then, IESR has played a leading role in economics education, research, public service, and international cooperation. Operating under the leadership of internationally renowned scholars, including Professor Shuaizhang Feng as Dean and Professor James Heckman as Chair of the Advisory Board, IESR currently has 41 full-time faculty members, most of whom are graduates of renowned institutions such as University of Chicago, LSE, Northwestern University, UC Berkeley. Research at IESR covers all major economic fields, and undergraduate and graduate students receive rigorous training in economics. The Institute runs a Survey Data Center for data collection and management, as well as a Policy Research Center for policy analysis and evaluation.

The mission of the Institute is to advance policy-oriented economic and social research by addressing pressing social and economic issues in China. Our work is driven by the following objectives:

— Developing China-based research programs in applied economics and other fields

— Collecting original survey data related to China’s economic and social development

— Building a leading Chinese think tank to inform and influence national policymaking

— Guiding IESR students to become future leaders in economic and social research

— Facilitating academic exchanges between scholars in China and abroad

   8      Centers

              Center for Labor Economics

              Center for International Trade and Firms

              Center for Real Estate and Regional Economics

              Center for Ecological Civilization and Environmental Economics

              Center for Econometrics and Microdata Practice

              Survey Data Center

              Center for Policy Research

              Center for Development and Exchange

  41     Full-time faculty members

  170     Research papers published (or accepted)

  74     Research grants received

300+   Academic events

134   Undergraduate students

 39     Graduate students

  15      Overseas Masters programs in Economics launched with 7 overseas universities

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