Past Event

Brookings-Jinan China microeconomic policy forum 2020

Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18, 2020
Online only

In October 2020, the Brookings Institution and Jinan University jointly organized the 2nd Brookings-Jinan China Microeconomic Policy Forum. The 2020 conference included three environment papers on pollution and four labor papers on migration control, peer effects, and old age support, as well as two panels on pollution and migration. The report below provides a summary of the presentations of the seven papers and discussions of the two panels.

Read the complete Brookings-Jinan Conference Report here.


  • October 16
    • Conference organizers

      Shuaizhang Feng headshot
      Shuaizhang Feng Professor and Dean of IESR - Jinan University
    • Environment session

      Paper 1: Location-based Policies and Unintended Environmental Consequences: Evidence from an Industry Relocation Policy in China

      Presenter: Junji Xiao, University of Technology Sydney
      Discussant: Shanjun Li, Cornell University


      Paper 2: Attentions Online, Abatement Offline: A Natural Experiment from Social Media in China

      Presenter: Pinghan Liang, Sun Yat-sen University
      Discussant: Guojun He, HKUST


      Paper 3: Weather, Climate Change, and Land Use: A High-Resolution Analysis in China

      Presenter: Peng Zhang, CUHK Shenzhen
      Discussant: Joshua S. Graff Zivin, UCSD

    • Panel 1: Pollution and its consequences on firms and individuals


    • Labor session

      Paper 4: Migration Controls, Urban Fiscal Policies, and the Accumulation of Human Capital in China

      Presenter: Jipeng Zhan, Southwest University of Finance and Economics
      Discussant: Hong Song, Fudan University


      Paper 5: Externality of Parental Absence on Peer’s Personality Traits

      Presenter: Zhe Yang, Jinan University
      Discussant: Elira Kuka, George Washington University


      Paper 6: Welfare Magnets and Internal Migration in China

      Presenter: Zhangfeng Jin, Zhejiang University
      Discussant: Klaus F. Zimmermann, GLO


      Paper 7: The Role of Social Norms in Old-age Support: Evidence from China

      Presenter: Xuezhu Shi, University of International Business and Economics
      Discussant: Zhong Zhao, Renmin University of China

    • Panel 2: Internal migration and rural-urban inequality in China


      Shuaizhang Feng headshot
      Shuaizhang Feng Professor and Dean of IESR - Jinan University