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2017 Summer School | Call for Application: The 4th Summer School on New Structural Economics


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The 4th Summer School on New Structural Economics 

July 1 – July 5, Peking University, Beijing, China

Proposed and championed by Professor Justin Yifu Lin, New Structural Economics (NSE) applies a neoclassical approach to study the determinants of structural change with a special focus on how to help developing countries achieve economic transformation. The NSE has been endorsed by renowned economists worldwide, including more than 10 Nobel Laureates such as Joseph Stiglitz, Gary Becker and Michael Spence, and is taken as the third wave in development economics after Structuralism and neoliberalism. 

The 4th Summer School on New Structural Economics at Peking University aims to select a core group of postgraduate students and junior researchers who are keen to learn theoretical frameworks, empirical application, and methodology of New Structural Economics. 

Instructors to be invited :

Justin Yifu Lin, Director, Center for New Structural Economics at Peking UniversityPhD from University of Chicago in 1986.

New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development

Yong Wang, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University; PhD from University of Chicago in 2009.

Structural Change and Industrial Upgrading

Jiajun Xu, Assistant Professor and Executive Deputy Director, Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University; DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford.

Introduction to the CNSE International Think Tank Projects

Caihui Fu, Researcher, Center for New Structural Economics at Peking UniversityPhD from Xiamen University in 2014.

Introduction to the CNSE Domestic Think Tank Projects

Jiandong Ju, Dean, School of International Business Administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, PhD from Penn State University in 1995.

Dynamic Structural analysis

Xiaobo Zhang, Professor, National School of Development at Peking UniversityPhfrom Cornell University in 2000.

Structure of Production in the Early Stage of Development

Yi Wen, Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Assistant Vice President of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; PhD from University of Iowa in 1996

The Role of Government in China’s Long-Awaited Industrial Revolution

Zhi Wang, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, PhD from University of Minnesota in 1994.

China’s aid policy in the context of promoting structure transformation in China and Africa.

One day’s workshop at the Research Institute for Global Value Chains, University of International Business and Economics

Kuen Lee, Professor of Economics, Seoul National University; PhD from University of California, Berkeley.

Economics of Technological Catch-up

Célestin Monga,  Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bankthe Former Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); PhD from Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour.

The Growth Identification and Facilitation Framework: Country Case Studies

The summer school will also include a one-day field visit to gain some first-hand experiences of industrial parks in the city of Hejian of Hebei Province in China.

Applicants are expected to submit a research proposal related to New Structural Economics. We encourage applicants to apply the fresh perspective of New Structural Economics to conduct empirically-grounded studies on a wide range of topics including but not limited to structural changes, industrial upgrading, industrial parks, technological catch-up, labor markets, financial development, economic transition, international trade and finance. Theoretical and methodological explorations are also welcome. 

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to get advice from the lecturers during the summer school to further improve their research proposals. At the end of the summer school, the organizer will select excellent proposals for funding for further research.  

Application submission

Applicants are expected to submit the following items (language in English):

1. CV (includes expertise and publications)

2. Research Proposal (no longer than two pages)

3. Writing Sample (no longer than 2,000 words) (optional)

4. Two Reference Letters

Please submit your application via http://jsform.com/f/okq9ct before mid-night on April 25, 2017 (local time in Beijing). We will announce the result on May 1, 2017The CNSE will cover the local accommodation for all participants during the summer school. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates to cover their transportation costs of travelling from their place of residence to Beijing (economic-class flights or trains). 

For further information, please contact Ms. Vicky Jing Yu at nse@nsd.pku.edu.cn.

We are looking forward to your application!



Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University

7 March 2017



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Reference (Book):

1. 《中国的奇迹:发展战略与经济改革》

2. 《经济发展与转型:思潮、战略和自生能力》

3. 《解读中国经济》

4. 《新结构经济学:反思经济发展与政策的理论框架》





9.   New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development


Reference (Article)

1. Endowment structures, industrial dynamics, and economic growth

   Jiandong Ju, Justin Yifu Lin, Yong Wang

2. Growth Identification and Facilitation - The Role of the State in the Dynamics of Structural Change

   Justin Yifu Lin, Célestin Monga

3. Applying the Growth Identification and Facilitation Framework (GIFF) to the Least-Developed Countries - (LDCs): The Case of Uganda

   Justin Yifu Lin and Jiajun Xu

4. Banking structure and industrial growth: Evidence from China

   Justin Yifu Lin, Xifang Sun, Harry X. Wu

5. 市场、政府与两极分化——一个新结构经济学视角下的不平等理论


6. 产业结构、风险特性与最优金融结构


7. 发展战略、城市化与中国城乡收入差距