Submission deadline: 31 October 2020

Call for papers

China Expert Network Workshop

European Central Bank
European System of Central Banks
International Relations Committee

10 and 11 December 2020, Webex Meeting

The China Expert Network Workshop is being organised by the European Central Bank and will be held online via Webex on 10 and 11 December 2020.

China entered 2020 with a decelerating economy confronted by structural headwinds and several policy challenges, including a rapid deterioration of its relationship with the US administration. In the run up to the global pandemic, the Chinese authorities were active in containing financial imbalances and in seeking to rebalance the economy towards domestic demand. In the first months of 2020, China found itself at the epicenter of the Covid-19 crisis, with the outbreak quickly spreading to the rest of the world and morphing into a global pandemic. The recovery of the Chinese economy has preceded those of other countries and can serve as a useful example for assessing the post Covid-19 outlook elsewhere. The quick rebound of the economy in the second quarter of 2020 as well as high frequency data point to a robust recovery thus far; however, the Chinese economy still faces many of the same challenges as before the pandemic, which the Covid-19 outbreak may in part exacerbate.

The Workshop aims to bring together China experts from policy organisations and academia to share views and analyses regarding the Chinese economy and its role in the global economy.

The Workshop will take place over two half-days in a manner that allows participants to connect from different time zones.


We welcome contributions on a variety of topics related to the Chinese economy, with a particular interest in the following four areas:

  1. Impact of the Covid-19 outbreak: empirical studies on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the real economy, including potential scarring effects and shifts in consumption and saving dynamics, and studies on high-frequency indicators used to take the pulse of the economy and for nowcasting/forecasting.
  2. Trade and the US-China relationship: empirical and theoretical contributions on the impact of trade tariffs on structural changes in trade dynamics and on the role of China in global value chains and in de-globalisation; work on the potential decoupling of China and the US in terms of economic relations.
  3. Risks within China’s financial system: empirical contributions focusing on risks in the financial sector, on financial imbalances, on policy intervention to rein in credit growth and shadow banking, and on the interaction between fiscal, monetary policy and financial risk.
  4. Growth and long-term dynamics: contributions on the role of China in the global economy, on its growth model and related risks, on its governance and policy direction and actions, including the Belt and Road Initiative, and on technological development and financial innovation.

Keynote Speakers

  • Jian Wang, School of Management and Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
  • Wing Thye Woo, University of California, Davis


Please email papers or extended abstracts to by 31 October 2020 and specify the location you expect to connect from. The authors of accepted papers will be notified by 15 November 2020.

The event is being hosted by the European Central Bank.

Organising Committee

  • Alexander Al-Haschimi
  • Apostolos Apostolou
  • Martino Ricci