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Call for Papers: Brookings–Jinan China Microeconomic Policy Forum 2020


The Brookings Institution and Jinan University are pleased to announce the second joint annual conference on applied microeconomics, which will be held at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University, Guangzhou.

The 2020 conference will be held on Friday October 16 and Saturday October 17, 2020. We welcome proposals in all areas of microeconomics. We do attempt to encourage a theme if possible. This year we will give preference to papers in labor economics, including but not limited to labor market policy, child and youth education, employment and unemployment, rural-urban migration, and labor market discrimination. Again, we will consider submissions in other areas of applied microeconomics. Each paper presented at the conference will have a formal discussant and will also receive comments from the other conference participants.

Please submit a 3-5 page proposal or a full paper to no later than April 19, 2020. The conference will pay for the travel and accommodation costs of authors who are selected to present a paper. The contact author will be notified of acceptance or rejection of his/her paper via email by May 3, 2020.

We ask that authors agree to submit a summary of their research after the conference to be included in the Papers and Proceedings of Brookings-Jinan China Microeconomic Policy Forum 2020, no later than November 17, 2020. This post-conference publication will include a summary of each research project presented, a summary of each discussant’s view, and a summary of general discussion. For the format of the summary, please refer to NBER digest:

For any inquiries regarding the conference, please contact Clifford Winston at If you encounter any submission problems, please contact Indre Krakauskaite at

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This is the 2nd Brookings–Jinan China Microeconomic Policy Forum. It aims to facilitate closer ties between our research organizations and to promote research collaboration on a wide array of important topics within the field of applied microeconomics. You may find information on our past conference at:

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. It was founded by the American businessman, civic leader and philanthropist Robert S. Brookings in 1927, although the institution traces its beginnings to 1916, when a group of leading reformers founded the Institute for Government Research (IGR), the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level. Brookings’ mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. It brings together more than 300 leading experts in government and academia from all over the world who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues. Research topics cover foreign policy, economics, development, governance and metropolitan policy. Today, The Brookings Institution is one of the most influential thinks tanks in the United States.

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 42 full-time faculty members, many of whom are graduates of renowned institutions such as Yale University, University of Chicago, LSE, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. 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 Center for Policy Research that adopts the motto Think globally, Act locallyfor 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.


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