2010 Conference

The 2010 AHEC will be held on May 19-21, 2010, at Tsinghua University, Beijing, jointly organized by AHEC and the Centre for China in the World Economy (CCWE) at the School of Economics and Management.


Asian Historical Economics Conference
Beijing, 19-21 May, 2010

(As of 18 May, 2010)
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Venue: 201 Shunde Building, School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

PRESENTATIONS: Each paper has been allocated a 40 minute slot. Presentations by the authors should be limited to 25 minutes to allow 15 minutes for questions and discussion

Wednesday, 19 May

  • 8:10-8:40
  • Registration
  • 8:40-8:45
  • Opening & Introduction
  • by CCWE Director David Li
  • 8:45-8:47
  • Condolence for Angus Maddison
  • by Professor Harry X. Wu, IER, Hitotsubashi University
  • 8:47-8:55
  • Welcome
  • by Tsinghua SEM Dean Yingyi Qian
  • 8:55-9:40
  • Keynote Remarks
  • (5-10 min each, with bilingual translation)
    1. ZHANG Donggang, Vice Director General, Department of Social Sciences, Ministry of Education
    2. LIU Lanxi, Secretary General, China Association of Historical Economics, Speaks on behalf of WU Chenming, Prominent Scholar of Historical Economics, Former Chair of China Association of Historical Economics
    3. DONG Zhikai, Chair of China Association of Historical Economics
    4. HUANG Guitian, Associate Dean, Peking University School of Economics
    5. Professor Steve Broadberry, University of Warwick
    6. Professor Kyoji Fukao, Hitotsubashi University


Moderator: Harry X. Wu, Hitotsubashi University


Moderator: Debin Ma, London School of Economics

Thursday, 20 May



Moderator: Stephen Broadberry, University of Warwick


Moderator: Kyoji Fukao, Hitotsubashi University

Friday, 21 May



Moderator: Li Bozhong, Tsinghua University

  • 9:00-9:40
  • Paper 22
  • Determinants of Private Interest Rates in the Republic of China Period
  • Chen Zhiwu (Yale University)
    Peng Kaixiang (Henan University)
  • 9:40-10:20
  • Paper 23
  • A Mirror of History: Chinese Bond Market from 1921 to 1942
  • *Chun-Yu Ho (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    Dan Li (Fudan Univeristy)
  • 10:20-11:10
  • Paper 24 & 25 (shorter presentations)
  • The Diversification of Land Transactions in Late Imperial China
  • Long Denggao (Tsinghua University)
  • Money and Prices in China on the Eve of Opium War: a Preliminary Report from Tong Taisheng Account Books (1800-1850)
  • Debin Ma (London School of Economics)
    Weipeng Yuan (Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing)
  • 11:10-11:30
  • Coffee and Tea
  • 11:30-12:10
  • Paper 26
  • China's Long-term Economic Growth: Retrospect and Prospect
  • Loren Brandt (University of Toronto)
    Debin Ma (London School of Economics)
    Thomas G. Rawski (University of Pittsburgh)
  • 12:10-14:00
  • Lunch


Moderator: Debin Ma, London School of Economics

  • 14:00-15:30
  • A Round Table Discussion on historical economics in China and related issues, plus the prospects for collaboration between economic historians in China and abroad
  • Part I
  • 15:30-15:50
  • Coffee and Tea
  • 15:50-17:10
  • A Round Table Discussion
  • Part II
  • 17:10
  • End of the Conference


  1. Those marked with * are co-authors who will not participate in the conference.
  2. May 22-23 will be for Beijing tours to Ming Tombs, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, etc. for the participants on a voluntary and self-paid basis. The tours will be organized by a professional tour company that provides English guides.

Local Organizing Committee

  • David D. Li (Co-Chair) (CCWE, Tsinghua University)
  • Harry X. Wu (Co-Chair) (IER, Hitotsubashi University)
  • Li Bozhong (School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Tsinghua University)
  • Long Denggao (School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Tsinghua University)
  • Yan Se (Guanghua School of Business, Peking University)
  • Guan Hanhui (School of Economics, Peking University)

2011 Conference

The 2011 AHEC will be held at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, jointly organized by AHEC and the Institute of Ecnomic Research (IER) at Hitotsubashi.

Hitotsubashi University

Hitotsubashi University