Call for Papers

Organized by Global Research Unit, Department of Economics & Finance, City University of Hong Kong, Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT), and Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University.

The trade dispute – some called it a trade war – between China and the U.S. has rippling effects beyond the two economies, and presents significant threats to global growth. After locking in tough trade negotiations for the past two years, the U.S. has steadily ratcheting up tariffs on Chinese imports, and China has responded in kind. Some of the alleged China’s unfair trading practices are also unpopular in, say, Europe and Japan.

Given the prominent positions of China and the U.S. in the global economy, their trade disputes can cause noticeable disruptions in the global production chain, trade flow, and investment flow. Further, the dispute can be escalated to a new dimension of limiting China’s capital flows. All these developments have significant implications for China’s economic and financial reforms, its integration with the global financial market, and its interactions with the global economy. The conference provides a platform to assess, under the cloud of trade disputes, the topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • China’s trade and global production chains
  • China’s financial liberalization
  • China’s exchange rate policy
  • The Belt and Road Initiative
  • China’s corporate reform and performance
  • Alternative financial intermediation methods
  • Ownership structure and firm behavior
  • Capital Market and Governance 

Those interested in presenting at the conference should send a completed paper or an extended abstract in Word or PDF format via email to by September 13, 2020. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by September 28, 2020. Final versions of the accepted papers will be posted on the conference website. There will be a possibility to present papers online, if travel is still restricted at the time of the conference.

Accepted presenters may apply for financial support to cover economy class airfare and local accommodation expenses.

For enquiries, please contact
Yin-Wong Cheung:
Iikka Korhonen:
Iftekhar Hasan: