The 1st Conference on Urban Economics and Public Services in Developing Countries
Organizers: Jinan University & Asian Development Bank
30-31 July 2019, Guangzhou, China
Cities have played a significant role in driving economic development and offering better lives across the developed world. Many developing countries have experienced fast urbanization with significant relocation of population across the country. How can cities be more productive and efficient? How should the developing governments provide high-quality public services including infrastructure, education and health to meet the increasing demand? How to ensure equal access to the public services and improve the quality of city life for urban migrants? These issues are crucial to the developing countries and can be answered when evidence-based research meets policy-making needs.
To promote the exchange of new research and ideas among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners in the field, the College of Economics at Jinan University, in partnership with the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank, is organizing the subject conference.
Confirmed keynote speakers at the conference include:
Gilles Duranton (Dean's Chair in Real Estate Professor, University of Pennsylvania)
Roman Matousek (Chair Professor, Director, Global Centre for Banking and Financial Innovation (GCBFI), Nottingham University)
Mark Partridge (Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy and Professor, the Ohio State University)
Yasuyuki Sawada (Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank)
We invite submissions of unpublished papers in urban economics relevant to urban development and provision of public services in the developing countries, especially in Asia. Work of interest includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
Urbanization, structural transformation and internal migration in developing countries
How to improve provision of education, health services and other public goods in developing cities?
Equal access to public services and welfare improvement for urban migrants
Agglomeration economies and learning in cities
National policies and institutions that strengthen or weaken urbanization
Various efforts, such as infrastructure and commuting system improvement, in reducing congestion and improving city accessibility and mobility
Policies and practice of public or affordable housing in developing countries
Challenges in reducing pollution and managing environment in cities
Interested authors should submit a draft paper or a two-page proposal by 15 May 2019 to Ms. Xiaoting Zheng and Mr. Yi Jiang (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) with “UrbanEcon_Submission_[your last name]” in the email’s subject line. While priority will be given to completed paper, proposals should include the title of the paper, author(s), affiliation, and contact information, and should address the main question(s) to be examined, relevant literature, unique contribution to the literature, and methodology to be employed.
Papers and proposals will be selected in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. Authors of accepted papers and proposals will be contacted by 10 June 2019. Jinan University will cover registration, flight and hotel costs for one presenter of every accepted paper.