Analysis of China’s Institutions: Theory and Evidence

Jan. 16-17, 2016 | Beijing

Conference SlideshowThis conference is a sequel to the first “Theory and Evidence” conference on political economy held at UC San Diego in 2014. Jointly organized by Tsinghua University’s National Institute for Fiscal Studies and the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy’s 21st Century China Center, the conference brought together leading researchers on China’s political and economic institutions for two days of paper presentations and informal discussion. It provided a forum for discussing cutting-edge theoretical and empirical analysis of China's economy and governance. It also provided scholars an opportunity to network and explore future joint research opportunities.

Organizers:
21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy; National Institute for Fiscal Studies, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management

Schedule

Venue: Room 418, Shunde Building, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management

Jan. 16

8:10–8:30 a.m. Welcome remarks by conference organizers Chong’en Bai, Tsinghua University, and Susan Shirk, 21st Century China Program, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

8:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Session 1: Understanding Political Survival

8:30–9:20 a.m. “Why Democracy Has to Wait” by Che Jiahua, Fudan University and Chinese University of Hong Kong

9:30–10:20 a.m. “Successor's Dilemma: When Does Autocratic Succession Work?” by Li Yuan, University of Duisburg-Essen

10:30–11:20 a.m. “The Politics of Authoritarian Purge: Evidence from China’s Cultural Revolution” by Chen Shuo, Fudan University

11:30 a.m – 12:20 p.m. "A Dynamic Model of Authoritarian Poltics" by Mingxing Liu, Peking University; Victor Shih, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy; and Pengfei Zhang, Peking University

12:30–2 p.m. Lunch at Yan Ming Yuan Restaurant

2–5:50 p.m. Session 2: Research by Emerging Scholars

2–2:50 p.m. “Meritocracy and Party-State Relationship in China” by Li Weijia, UC Berkeley

3–3:50 p.m. “Career Incentive and Resource Allocation in China” by Jonghyuk Lee, UC San Diego

4–4:50 p.m. “Explaining Political Participation in China Using Ideal Point Estimation” by Jason Wu, UC San Diego

5–5:50 p.m. "Why Not Make the Cake Bigger? Growth, Institutions and State Capacity" by Wang Yikai, University of Oslo

6 p.m. Dinner

Jan. 17

8:30–9:30 a.m. Special Presentation: "The Limits of Political Institutionalization in China" by Susan Shirk, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

9:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Session 3: Redistribution and Corruption

9:50–10:50 a.m. “The Gradients of Power: Evidence from the Chinese Housing Market” by Fang Hanming, University of Pennsylvania, and Zhou Li-an, Peking University

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. "Political Connections and Corruption: Evidence from China’s Land Market" by Ting Chen, Li Han, James Kai-sing Kung and Jiaxin Xie; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

12:10–1:30 p.m. Lunch at Yan Ming Yuan Restaurant

1:30–5:10 p.m. Session 4: Productivity, Welfare Reform and Growth

1:30–2:30 p.m. “Misallocation, Selection and Productivity in Chinese Agriculture” by Loren Brandt, University of Toronto, Canada

2:50–3:50 p.m. “Politics of Redistribution Welfare Reform and Institutional Confidence in Transitional China” by Meng Tianguang, Tsinghua University

4:10–5:10 p.m. “Hayek, Local Information, and the Decentralization of State-Owned Enterprises” by Colin Xu, World Bank

5:20–5:40 p.m. Final remarks by Chong-en Bai and Susan Shirk

6 p.m. Dinner at Zui Ai Restaurant

Papers (password protected)

Session 1: Understanding Political Survival

“Successor's Dilemma: When Does Autocratic Succession Work?" (PDF)
Li Yuan, University of Duisburg-Essen


Session 2: Research by Emerging Scholars

“Meritocracy and Party-State Relationship in China” (PDF)
Li Weijia, UC Berkeley

“Career Incentive and Resource Allocation in China” (PDF)
Jonghyuk Lee, UC San Diego


Session 3: Redistribution and Corruption

“The Gradients of Power: Evidence from the Chinese Housing Market” (PDF)
Fang Hanming, University of Pennsylvania, and Zhou Li-an, Peking University


Session 4: Productivity and Growth

“Politics of Redistribution Welfare Reform and Institutional Confidence in Transitional China” (PDF)
Tianguang Meng, Tsinghua University


Other Papers

These are papers that will not be presented at the conference.

"Economic Origin of Party-Government Relationships in One-Party Regimes” (PDF)
Li Weijia, UC Berkeley

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