Escaping the Middle-Income Trap.
In 2021, the People’s Republic of China’s GNI per capita (Atlas method) reached $11,890, just 11% shy of the World Bank’s Classification threshold of $13,205 for High-Income countries. 2023 could very well be the year China achieves high-income status, a feat that only 19 of the 74 middle-income countries in 1987 have accomplished until today. The Middle-Income Trap describes the stagnation of the remaining countries whose growth has been mainly driven by natural resources, cheap labor, or export-oriented strategies and are unable to maintain their competitive edge amidst rising wages, decreasing investment, and aging populations. These challenges have also been reflected by countries surpassing the income threshold: from 2010 to 2021, five countries that attained high-income status returned to the middle-income classification pointing to the difficulties of sustaining growth, catching up towards the more advanced economies, and escaping the Middle-Income Trap.
Shaohua Chen (Xiamen University, Xiamen, China)
Scott Rozelle (Stanford University, Stanford, USA)
The organizing committee welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions. Papers can address the following issues about Chinese modernization:
- The Middle-Income Trap and Economic and Human Development
- Human Capital Accumulation and Labor Markets
- The Belt and Road Initiative and Foreign Policy
- Investment Opportunities and Opening up Reforms
- Environment and Health
- Structural Change and Dual Circulation
- Migration and Human Mobility
Abstract submission deadline: March 15th, 2023
Acceptance decision: March 30th, 2023
Registration deadline: May 15th, 2023
Full paper submission deadline: May 15th, 2023
We invite the submission of an abstract in English (500-800 words) from experienced and early-career researchers, including PhD students, to be sent to email@example.com
Accommodation and travel arrangements will be left to participants.
A Best Paper Award of 1000 EUR will be granted to the best early-career paper (authors under 36).
Octasiano Valerio Mendoza, Universitat Ramon Llull
Flavio Comim, Universitat Ramon Llull
Mihály Tamás Borsi, Universitat Ramon Llull
Xiaobing Wang, Peking University
Simiao Chen, Universität Heidelberg
Martina Bofulin, Slovenian Migration Institute
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