Featured Speakers

Alan Auerbach
Alan Auerbach
Richard Blundell
Richard Blundell
Kathleen McGarry
Kathleen McGarry
Guanghua Wan
Guanghua Wan
Jun Zhang
Jun Zhang
Junsen Zhang
Junsen Zhang
  • Preliminary Program (as of 1/15/20)

    We invite you to browse the preliminary program here! Updates will be posted regularly to check back for the latest information.

    Conference Schedule*

    Registration and all conference sessions are being hosted at Fudan University, School of Economics.

    Thursday, March 19
    12:00 – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
    1:00 – 2:30 pm  Welcome Comments followed by Keynote Address by Alan Auerbach "U.S. Inequality and Fiscal Progressivity -- An Intragenerational Accounting"
    2:30 – 3:00 pm  Coffee/tea break
    3:00 – 4:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    5:00 – 6:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    6:45 – 8:00 pm  Welcome Reception

    Friday, March 20
    8:00 am – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
    8:30 – 10:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/tea break
    10:30 – 12:00 pm  Keynote Address by Richard Blundell "Household Behaviour and the Dynamics of Inequality"
    12:00 – 12:45 pm  Lunch
    12:45 – 2:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    2:45 – 4:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 – 4:45 pm  Coffee/tea break
    4:45 – 6:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions

    Saturday, March 21
    8:00 am – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
    8:30– 10:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/tea break
    10:30 – 12:00 pm  Keynote Address by Kathleen McGarry "The Challenge of Long-Term Care"
    12:00 – 12:45 pm  Lunch
    12:45 – 2:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    2:45 – 4:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 – 4:45 pm  Coffee/tea break
    4:45 – 6:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    6:45 – 9:00 pm  Participants Dinner with Keynote Address by Jun Zhang "title to be announced"

    Sunday, March 22
    8:00 am – 12:30 pm  Registration Open
    8:30 – 10:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/tea break
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm  Roundtable Discussion "Policies to Address Inequality" with Auerbach, Blundell, McGarry, Guanghua Wan, and Junsen Zhang
    2:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Tour and dinner cruise

    Conference Close

    * Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please check back regularly!

  • Session Information & Instructions for Program Participants

    Session Structure & Procedures:
    Discussants are assigned first paper to first discussant, second paper to second discussant, etc. However all session participants are expected to be familiar with all the papers in the session and to contribute to the discussion.

    By March 1, paper presenters must send their paper to all session participants. If you are unable to circulate your paper by March 1, contact your session chair and assigned discussant immediately to keep them apprised of your progress. 

    Session time allocations (based on four papers): 105 minutes total. 15 minutes per paper presentation plus 5 minutes for the paper’s primary discussant, then time for all other participants’ discussion. The session chair may alter time allocations if appropriate.

    Session Chairs:
    Your involvement in the weeks prior to the conference is essential to the session’s success.

    Before the conference, facilitate communication amongst session participants. Follow up with your session participants to ensure papers are distributed to everyone in your session by March 1. Discus­sants have no obligation to discuss a late paper.

    During the conference, arrive in your assigned meeting room a few minutes early to check on the computer and projector. Watch the clock and ensure that presenters and discussants stay within their allotted timeframes.

    After the session, complete the chair questionnaire you will receive by emailn. Your feedback helps us improve future conferences.

    Paper Presenters:
    By March 1, send your paper to each participant in the session. Limit your paper to 15 to 25 double-spaced pages in order to not overburden your discussant and fellow participants. 

    During your session, stay within the allotted time (usually 15 minutes). Summarize the paper’s objective, methods, main points, and conclusions. Do not read your paper.

    Tips on being an effective presenter from former Economic Inquiry Editor Bill Neilson:

    • Do not go long. Going long means less time for feedback. It is much better to present only a small portion of your paper well than to go long and try to present the entire thing. Also, audience members punish presenters who go long by withdrawing their attention, and you do not want this. So, if anything, make your presentation shorter than 15 minutes and restrict attention to only things people absolutely have to know. The introduction should be short, and the literature review shorter, perhaps non-existent.

    Before the conference, if you cannot meet your commitment, please locate a substitute and contact both WEAI and the session chair immediately.

    During your session, be prepared to offer comments and constructive criticism. Plan your remarks to stay within the allotted time (usually 5 to 8 minutes). In the chair’s absence, the first discussant listed is assigned as an alternate chair. Each paper has a primary discussant, but everyone is urged to contribute to the discussion of all papers.

    Tips on being an effective discussant from former Economic Inquiry Editor Bill Neilson:

    1. Summarize the paper very quickly. This does two things: (1) it helps audience members who were not paying attention catch up with what you are about to say.  (2) it shows the author what you got out of the paper. Most referee reports begin with summaries of the paper, and these are valuable to the author because they show what points were most salient. 
    2. Talk about how you would have approached the problem.  This is great for sessions where participants all come from different specializations and so the different approaches would be interesting to hear.
    3. Talk about strengths of the author’s approach. It is always nice for the author to hear something positive, but it is also good for the audience to learn what was especially good about the paper they just heard.
    4. Talk about any strategies for improvement you can think of.
    5. The key thing to remember in discussing a paper is that you are talking to the audience, not the author. The author is only one member of the audience, but you want to impress everyone. Serving as a discussant is a marketing opportunity for you, and you should use it to show any possible recruiter in the audience what a fantastic colleague you would be. So, your discussion should be a self-contained talk that everyone in the audience will understand, not just the author.

    All Program Participants:
    Please review the information in the preliminary program carefully. Email corrections and/or changes to [email protected]. If you are not attending the conference, please advise your session chair or session organizer and our office immediately. If you have not pre-registered, please do so immediately. Volunteer paper presenters registered at the time of abstract submission.  

    Audio-Visual Equipment:
    Computers, projectors, and screens will be provided in each meeting room. If you plan to connect your own computer to the projectors, be sure to bring any adapters you may need.

    Conference Dates to Remember:

    • February 1: Early-Bird Registration discount ends.
    • March 1: Last day to reserve special activity tickets.
    • March 1: Deadline for papers to reach fellow session participants.
    • March 19-22: Conference in Shanghai.
    • September 30:  Deadline for WEAI members to submit revised conference papers free of charge to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy for possible publication.
  • Registration Fees

    Registration fees below apply to everyone attending the conference:

    • US$300 for members (increases to $350 after February 1, 2020)
    • US$380 for non-members (increases to $430 after February 1, 2020)
    • US$135 for students (increases to $185 after February 1, 2020)
    • US$100 for non-economist guests over 18 years of age


    • Participants whose primary affiliation is located in China receive a $50 discount on registration. 
    • WEAI Institutional Member affiliates are eligible for a 20% discount on registration fees. For the code to take the discount at checkout, contact your designated representative or contact WEAI at 1-714-965-8800 or [email protected].
    • Early registration closes on February 1, after which fees increase $50. 


    • Conference program and complimentary conference bag.
    • Admittance to all general and concurrent sessions; coffee breaks; lunches (March 20 and 21) and Welcome Reception.
    • Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current WEAI members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by September 30, 2020.


    • Program participants must register by February 1 to remain on the conference program. 
    • Everyone over the age of 18 must register, including spouses and adult guests. 
    • Badges are required at all conference events, including sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, receptions, and special activities. 

    Special Activities

    Welcome Reception | Thursday, March 19, 6:45-8:00 p.m.
    Take time to relax, renew old acquaintances, and make new friends at the Welcome Reception. There will be a cash bar.

    Participants' Dinner and Keynote Address | Saturday, March 21, 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.
    Features an address by Dean Jun Zhang, Fudan University School of Economics.
    Tickets are required and seating is limited. Dinner is a traditional Chinese menu served family style. Vegetarian dishes are available. Beer, wine, and soft drinks are included. Reservation deadline is March 1. Price: $65 per person.

    Post-Conference Tour and Dinner Cruise | Sunday, March 22, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Tour the Shanghai Museum at People's Park, then board the boat to enjoy dinner freshly prepared by talented chefs in the ship's professional galley before departing for an hour long tour of the Huangpu River. Enjoy front row views of The Bund, Shanghai's historic financial and business district, as well as the iconic skyline of Lujiazui, Shanghai's newly developed financial and business district. Buses will return to Fudan by 9:00 p.m. Price: $99 per person. 

    Purchase tickets during the registration process, or log back in and add them to your registration (see 'Add Guest/Session+' link on registration order details). 

    General Ticket Information

    • Children (of all ages) must have a ticket for all special activities.

    • Special activity ticket(s), will be included in the registration packet you will receive on-site.

    • Space is limited for special activities.

    • Please purchase or reserve all special activity tickets by March 1.

    • Cancellations for special activities must be made in writing by March 1 to receive a refund. We are unable to give refunds for late cancellations.

  • Headquarters Hotel:

    Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan
    199 Handan Road, Shanghai, China
    Phone: +86 21 5552 9999 or 1-877-227-6963

    Make a Reservation Online

    The Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan is located across the street from the School of Economics, Fudan University (600 Guoquan Rd, Wu Jiao Chang, Yangpu, Shanghai, China). There is no specific group code for the conference, as the hotel offers several options for room pricing depending on your needs.

    Alternative housing options near the conference venue:

    Fudan Yanyuan Hotel (0.8 km away)
    No. 270 Zhengtong Road, Shanghai, China
    Reservation Hotline: +86 21 65115121

    Fudan Zhengda Hotel (0.6 km away)
    No. 220 Handan Road, Shanghai, China
    Reservation Hotline: +86 21 65642249

  • Airports

    Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport/Station are the closest international airports to Fudan University and surrounding hotels (approximately 50 minutes by taxi). 

    Passport and Visa

    To visit China, you must have a valid passport. Visa requirements differ depending on your country of permanent residence. For general visa application information and requirements visit the Chinese consulate in your area (for US residents, visit Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA). To request an invitation letter for a visa application, email [email protected]. Invitation letters will only be issued to people who are registered to attend the conference. Deadline to request a letter of invitation from Fudan is January 5, 2020.

    Audio-Visual Equipment

    A computer and LCD projector and screen will be provided in each meeting room for conference presenters. 

    Important Dates

    October 15: Volunteer abstract submission deadline. 
    November 15: Organized session submission deadline
    December 15: Registration cancellation deadline to receive 50% refund (afterwhich entire fee is non-refundable)
    February 1: Program participants registration deadline
    February 1: Last day to pre-register at reduced rates
    March 1: Deadline to purchase special activity tickets
    March 1: Paper presenters circulate complete papers to all session participants

    Cancellation and Refund Policies

    • Cancellations must be received in writing. Please e-mail [email protected].

    • Volunteer abstract submission fees are non-refundable after October 15.

    • Refunds for program participants:
      On or before December 15, fifty percent (50%) of participation fee is refundable. After December 15, the participation fee is non-refundable due to the high administrative cost of rearranging the affected sessions and participants.

    • Refunds for all others, not on the program: 
      On or before March 1, the full registration fee is refundable, less $25 handling fee. After March 1, the registration fee is non-refundable.

    • Program participants must advise the participants in their session(s) of their cancellation.

    • Membership dues are non-refundable.

    • Refunds will be processed after the conference and are subject to a $25 handling fee.

  • Committee Chairs:

    • Dean Jun Zhang, Fudan University
    • Zhao Chen, Fudan University
    • Jack Hou, California State University, Long Beach
    • Wade Martin, California State University, Long Beach, and WEAI

    Session Organizers:

    • Hannah Altman, Queensland University of Technology
    • Morris Altman, University of Dundee
    • Samuel Amponsah, Tokyo International University
    • Elizabeth Asiedu, University of Kansas
    • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Institute
    • Theophile Thomas Azomahou, University Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, CERDI
    • C. Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
    • Ana Celia Castro, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    • Beryl Y. Chang, New York University
    • Tsun-Feng Chiang, Henan University
    • Chanjin Chung, Oklahoma State University
    • Sofronis Clerides, University of Cyprus
    • Eva Dziadula, University of Notre Dame
    • Zadia M. Feliciano, Queen's College, CUNY, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and NBER
    • Neepa Gaekwad Babulal, State University of New York at Fredonia
    • Qi Ge, Vassar College
    • James Hodson, Jozef Stefan Institute
    • Andreas Hoepner, University College Dublin
    • Shih-Hsun Hsu, National Taiwan University
    • Bihong Huang, Asian Development Bank Institute
    • Yangguang Huang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • Brad R. Humphreys, West Virginia University
    • Fan Jiang, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics
    • Naoto Jinji, RIETI and Kyoto University
    • Tomoo Kikuchi, Korea University
    • Hyeongwoo Kim, Auburn University
    • Changkeun Lee, Yonsei University, Mirae Campus
    • Shu-Chin Lin, Sungkyunkwan University
    • Chang Ma, Fudan University
    • Hiroshi Morita, Hosei University
    • Samuel L. Myers, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    • John Junggun Oh, Finance ICT Convergence Association (FICA)
    • Rudy A. Santore, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • Mughees Shaukat, College of Banking and Financial Studies under Central Bank of Oman
    • Pui Sun Tam, University of Macau
    • Massimiliano Tani, University of New South Wales, Canberra
    • Leonard Fong-Sheng Wang, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
    • Wesley W. Wilson, University of Oregon
    • Xiaolan Yang, Shanghai International Studies University and Zhejiang University
    • Valentin Zelenyuk, University of Queensland

    Local Program Administrator:

    • Bo Li, Fudan University

    Session Consultants:

    • Yutian Chen, California State University, Long Beach
    • Jinwon Kim, California State University, Long Beach
    • Mariya Mileva, California State University, Long Beach

Featured Sessions

SABE Featured Address
Featured Session

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Questions? Call 714-965-8800 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.