Call for Papers: The Sixth International Workshop on Regional, Urban, and Spatial Economics in China


June 2-3, 2017, Xiamen, China


The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), Gregory and Paula Chow Center for Economic Research, and the School of Economics (SOE), Xiamen University, together with Spatial Economic Analysis, Journal of Regional SciencePapers in Regional ScienceJournal of Housing EconomicsAnnals of Regional ScienceGrowth and ChangeJournal of Social and Economic Geography, Environment and Planning CGovernment and Policy, and Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciencesare pleased to announce that we are organizing a two-day workshop on Regional, Urban and Spatial Economics on June 2-3, 2017 at Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.


Paper Submission and Registration

Following the tradition of five highly successful workshops to date, we aim to continue to attract high-quality research output, further increase the visibility of regional science, urban economics, and spatial economics in China, and reinforce the research network for top level China focused scholars from across the globe. We welcome submissions on the following themes broadly defined:


  •    Urban dynamics and transformation;

  •    Urban network and spatial interdependencies;

  •    Housing market: supply, demand, prices and policies;

  •    Firm and household location decisions;

  •    Interaction of household finance with urban labor and housing markets;

  •    Regional growth and development;

  •    Labor market and inter-regional and rural-urban migration;

  •    Agglomeration and new economic geography;

  •    Environment, energy and sustainable development; and

  •    Papers enriching understanding of urban, regional and spatial economics in China

  •    Labor market effects of trade and regional integration

  •    Quantitative analysis of trade and spatial issues

  •    Transportation and its economic impacts


For those who are interested in presenting a paper in the workshop, please submit in English a draft paper or an abstract through our online portal at The submission deadline is February 1st, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by March 1st, 2017 and a complete paper in English is due on May 1st, 2017.


There is no registration fee for attending the conference. Participants need only to pay their own cost of accommodation and transportation.


The international journalSpatial Economic Analysis will havea special issue for this workshop. All papers submitted to the workshop will be considered for the special issue, and theselected papers will receive invitations for submission to the special issue. These submissions will go through the normal anonymous review process. For consideration of publication in Spatial Economic Analysis, papers must offer new theoretical and/or methodological insights. See the aims and scope of the journal:


In addition, editorsfrom Journal of Regional SciencePapers in Regional ScienceJournal of Housing EconomicsAnnals of Regional ScienceGrowth and ChangeJournal of Social and Economic Geography, Environment and Planning CGovernment and Policy, and Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences will attend the workshop. They also welcome other general submissions that fit those journals.


Further Information

The economics disciplines in Xiamen University were first established in 1921 and have a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research. 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 (SOE), making it the first school of economics 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 exchangesThe newest addition to XMU's economics displines is the Chow Center for Economics Research, which was founded in November of 2016 and will work closely with SOE and WISE to promote Xiamen University as one of the major centers for economic research and education in the Asia Pacific.


For more information on WISE, please refer to; for the Chow Center, please refer to; and for SOE, please refer to


Located in Southeast China with convenient direct flights to many major cities in Asia, Xiamen 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:


For academic inquiries about the conference, please contact Min Qiang (Kent)Zhao ( For logistic affairs, please send your email to



The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, Gregory and Paula Chow Center for Economic Research, and the School of Economics, Xiamen University

Spatial Economic Analysis



Journal of Regional Science

Papers in Regional Science

Journal of Housing Economics

Annals of Regional Science

Growth and Change

Journal of Social and Economic Geography

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences


Previous Workshops

2012, Jinan University, Guangzhou

2013, Peking University, Beijing

2014, Fudan University, Shanghai

2015, Tsinghua University, Beijing

2016, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu