2019 China Update Book launch

Crawford School of Public Policy | China Economy Program

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 11 July 2019


Common Room, University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU


Professor Shang-Jin Wei, Columbia University


Timothy Cronin (Program Manager CEP)

Featuring a keynote address by Columbia University Professor Shang-Jin Wei, The Three Views on the US-China Trade Tensions, the China Economy Program will launch the 2019 China Update Book on Thursday 11 July at University House, ANU.

The Chinese economic transformation: views from young economists edited by Professor Ligang Song, Dr Yixiao Zhou, and Dr Luke Hurst, the 19th volume in the China Update book series, provides an opportunity for young economists to share their views on various issues relating to the Chinese economic transformation. More than half of the contributors to this book are female scholars.

Some of the contributors are rising stars in the studies of the Chinese economy and economic transition, and some only recently received their PhDs and are on their way to establishing themselves in the field of China studies. But they have one thing in common: to passionately observe, study and research on what is going on in the Chinese economic transformation during the reform period; and, by so doing, make contributions to the policy debates and a general understanding of the Chinese economy.

The chapters in this volume include an in-depth probe into challenges in capital and credit allocation due to financial friction and policy distortions; investigating the causes of growth slowdown in China and suitable policy responses; the evolution of the household registration system and its impact on off-farm employment and the integration of rural and urban labour markets; the growth, scale and characteristics of nonstandard employment; the development of rural e-commerce and its economic impact; innovation performance of listed enterprises in China; financial services liberalisation and its impact on firms’ performance; financing support schemes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the effect on banks’ credit allocation to SMEs; the potential costs of US-China trade conflict and ways to mitigate them; gender income gap in China’s labour market; causes of blockage of Chinese overseas direct investment and strategies to reduce the probability of encountering obstacles; and the role of state capital in iron ore boom in Australia.

The great variety of topics in this year’s Update allows readers to understand the current shape of the Chinese economy and to think deeply about policies and necessary reforms for future growth and development.

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