Call for Papers: Joint Kiel-Göttingen-CEPR Conference on China in the Global Economy 27-28 June 2024 

Call for Papers: Joint Kiel-Göttingen-CEPR Conference on China in the Global Economy 27-28 June 2024 

Call for Papers – Deadline: 7 April 2024 
Joint Kiel-Göttingen-CEPR Conference on China in the Global Economy
27-28 June 2024 






A joint Conference from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy,  University of Göttingen and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Berlin, 27/28 June 2024
Deadline: 7 April 2024
6 PM (CEST), 5 PM (BST), 12 PM (EST)

Today, China stands as the world’s foremost exporter and a significant global investor. The Belt and Road Initiative, spanning over 150 countries, underscores China’s expansive reach through a network of infrastructure development and investment projects. Notably, China’s economic landscape is marked by the substantial involvement of the state in economic activities, development planning, and economic diplomacy—a departure from the norms observed in Europe and the United States. This intertwining of economic and geopolitical interests positions China as a key player in the realm of geoeconomics, leveraging its economic prowess to advance strategic objectives on the global stage. While there exists a mutual interest between China and the “West” in upholding the multilateral, rules-based global economic order, concerns grow among businesses and policymakers regarding unfair competition and restricted access to the Chinese market. Despite China’s escalating economic prominence, research intensity on its role in the global economy trails behind.

The conference will serve as a nexus for leading scholars delving into China’s multifaceted role in the global economy. Scheduled for June 27 and 28, this conference will convene at the Leibniz Association in central Berlin, mere minutes away from the governmental district and the primary railway station. Our keynote speaker is Nancy Qian (James J O’Connor Professor of Economics at Kellogg, Northwestern University). We welcome submissions that cover various themes, including but not limited to:

  • International trade and trade policy
  • Inward and outward direct investments
  • China’s geoeconomic strategy
  • Aid and government lending strategies
  • China’s influence on international economic governance structures
  • China’s engagements in Africa
  • Impacts and implications of China’s flagship-initiatives (such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the Made in China 2025 Strategy)
  • Environmental and climate challenges with China’s economic rise
  • Knowledge, innovation, and digitization
  • Growth prospects and spillover effects on the world economy
  • Historical foundations of China’s rise as a global economic power

We are grateful for financial support by the Leibniz Association in the framework of the project “China in Africa: Exploring the Consequences for Economic and Social Development.”

Andreas Fuchs (University of Göttingen, Kiel Institute)
Wan-Hsin Liu (Kiel Institute, Kiel Centre for Globalization)
Moritz Schularick (Kiel Institute, Sciences Po, CEPR)
Christoph Trebesch (Kiel Institute, CEPR)

All instructions how to apply can be found under the following link:
The submission deadline is Sunday, 7 April 2024, 6 PM (CEST), 5 PM (BST), 12 PM (EST). Authors of accepted papers will be notified by late April 2024.