Call for Papers: The 6th Annual Xiamen University

International Workshop on Economic Analysis of Institutions

May19-20, 2018

Xiamen, China

Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

Chow Center for Economic Research

Department of Economics& Economic Research Institute, School of Economics

Xiamen University


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Sixth Annual International Workshop on Economic Analysis of Institutions at Xiamen University. We welcome submissions of research papers that adopt the economic approach in analyzing the role of institutions in economic, political, and social development. Institutions are broadly defined here to include both formal arrangements such as the legal system, the government, and their respective rules, as well as informal behavioral patterns including customs and other cultural values. Scholars from disciplines such as economics, history, political science, anthropology, and sociology are encouraged to submit their work. Topics will include the economic analysis of law, regulation, institutions and economic growth, transition economics, and economic history.


It is our honor to have the following distinguished keynote speakers this year:

Ruixue Jia, University of California at San Diego

Mary Lovely, Syracuse University

Scott Rozelle, Stanford University

Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics

Guofu Tan, University of Southern California



Researchers who would like to present their work at the conference are invited to submit a draft manuscript to the website of the workshop:

The submission deadline is March 31, 2018. Decisions of acceptance will be announced by April 6, 2018.


There will be no registration fees. Meals will be provided during the course of the workshop, but the participants are expected to cover their own travel and hotel expenses. The registration deadline is April 13, 2018.



General inquiry about the conference should be directed to: For more information on the conference, please see:


The annual International Workshop on Economic Analysis of Institutions is part of the effort by WISE, the Chow Center for Economics Research and SOE at Xiamen University to establish a leading research center in institutional economics in the Asia Pacific region.


The economics disciplines in Xiamen University were first established in 1921 and have a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, with a focus on the role of institutions in economic and social development. Mr. Wang Yanan, the former President of Xiamen University for 19 years and the renowned economist who translated Adam Smith's Wealth of the Nation and Karl Marx's Das Kapitalinto Chinese, guidedthe rapid development of economics disciplines in XMU since 1949.


In May of 1982, China's State Education Ministry approved the elevation of the Department of Economics to the School of Economics, making it the first school of economics established among top universities in mainland China since 1980. In 2005, the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) was founded, as a recent effort by Xiamen University to build a first class modern economics research institute and to facilitate international research and academic exchanges.The newest addition to XMU's economics displines is the Chow Center for Economics Research, which was founded in October of 2016 and will work closely with SOE and WISE to promote Xiamen University as one of the major centers for economic research and education in the Asia Pacific.


For more information on WISE, please refer to; for the Chow Center, please refer to; and for SOE, please refer to


Located in Southeast China with convenient direct flights to many major cities in Asia, Xiamen is famous for its resort like atmosphere and has a reputation as the cleanest and most livable Chinese city. Interesting places near Xiamen include the UNESCO World Heritage Hakka Earth Buildings, Gulangyu (Piano Island) and Wuyi Mountain.For more information on the city of Xiamen, please go to:



Peiwen Bai (SOE, Xiamen University)

Jianhua Jiao (SOE, Xiamen University)

Jianan Li (SOE&WISE, Xiamen University)

Mengling Li (SOE&WISE, Xiamen University)

Cheryl Long, Chair (WISE&SOE, Xiamen University)

Jiaming Mao (WISE&SOE, Xiamen University)

Changwei Mo (SOE, Xiamen University)

Menghan Xu (SOE&WISE, Xiamen University)

Jian Zhao (SOE, Xiamen University)

Xiliang Zhao (SOE, Xiamen University)