Xiamen, China, December 8-9 (Sat-Sun), 2018


        We are pleased to announce the 2018 International Symposium on Contemporary Labor Economics at the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), Xiamen University, China. The symposium is jointly organized by WISE, the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) of Jinan University, and the Department of Economics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

        The purpose of this Symposium is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between Chinese and international scholars on labor economics. We invite submissions from all areas related to labor economics, including but not limited to education and human capital, employment, income inequality, migration, and the labor market impact of trade, globalization, technology, and aging. Empirical research on or theoretical work with empirical applications to the Chinese labor market is particularly welcome.  

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

        Richard Freeman (Harvard University)

        Paola Giuliano (University of California, Los Angeles)

        Carsten Holz (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

        Craig McIntosh(University of California, San Diego)

        Paul Oyer (Stanford University)

        Junsen Zhang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

        Klaus Zimmermann (Global Labor Organization)


        Researchers interested in participating should submit their papers through our online portal at Researchers can also email their papers to the conference organizers Xiqian Cai ( and Lei Meng ( Please also copy Ms. Yvonne Ye ( if paper is sent through email.

       The submission deadline is October 15, 2018 (extended to 20 Oct). Decisions of acceptance will be announced by October 22, 2018 (extended to 27 Oct accordingly).

      The registration fee is 100USD (or 600 RMB) for faculty/professionals and 50USD (or 300RMB) for students. The registration fee covers up conference materials, meals, and coffee/tea breaks for both days of the conference.   


    For academic inquiries about the conference, please contact conference organizers Xiqian Cai ( and Lei Meng ( For logistic affairs, please contact Ms. Yvonne Ye (

     Founded in 2005, WISE is an energetic research-oriented institute aiming at building a first-class research institute, enhancing economics research and education in China, and becoming a center for domestic and international academic exchanges in economics and finance, particularly in south China and the Asian-Pacific region. For more information, please visit us at