Call for Papers: The 1st Annual Xiamen University

International Workshop on Economic Analysis of Institutions

May 18-19, 2013

Xiamen, China

Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE)

and Department of Economics, School of Economics at Xiamen University

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the First 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. Potential 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:

 Daniel Berkowitz (University of Pittsburgh)
James Kung (Hong Kong Science & Technology University)
Scott Masten (University of Michigan)
Sam Peltzman (University of Chicago)
Zhigang Tao (University of Hong Kong)


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 15, 2013. Decisions of acceptance will be announced by April 1, 2013.

 The registration fee is 600 RMB for those whose primary affiliation is with a domestic Chinese institution, and 150 USD for international participants. This registration fee will be waived for students (both domestic and international). 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 8, 2013.


General inquiry about the conference should be directed to Cheryl Long ( For logistic affairs, please contact Ms. Ying Huang ( And for more information on the conference, please see:

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

The economics disciplines in Xiamen University were first established in 1921 and have had a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, most aptly characterized by 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 Kapital into Chinese, guided the 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 ever 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. Currently, SOE and WISE are working close together to promote Xiamen University as one of the major centers for economic research and education in Asia Pacific.

 For more information about WISE and SOE, please see:,


Xiamen is located in Southeast China and has convenient direct flights to many major cities in Asia. It 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:


Jingjing Cai (SOE, Xiamen University)
Shihe Fu (WISE, Xiamen University)
Jianhua Jiao (SOE, Xiamen University)
Xiaoqiong Lai, Co-Chair (WISE&SOE, Xiamen University)
Minshu Lin (SOE, Xiamen University)
Cheryl Long, Co-Chair (WISE&SOE, Xiamen University)
Lei Meng (WISE, Xiamen University)