Call for paper--7th Sino-Norwegian Social Policy Forum

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Consumption Driven Growth


Prioritizing the Growth of People’s Income and Wealth

---Needed Breakthroughs in Reforming Income Distribution in China


Haikou, China, 10-11 December 2011


Call for Papers


In collaboration with Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD) is organizing the 7th Sino-Norwegian Social Policy Forum on the theme of “Consumption Driven Growth & Prioritizing the Growth of People’s Income and Wealth --- Needed Breakthroughs in Reforming Income Distribution in China”. The forum aims to convene a broad range of academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss breakthroughs needed for the reform of income distribution in China, which is of strategic significance concerning China’s development in the next decade.


1. Background

With the worsening instability, uncertainty and risk of a long-term recession of the world economy, there may be further shrinkage of the external demand that has propped China’s rapid economic growth for many years. Against this background, deepening the reform of income distribution with enriching the people as the first priority in order to translate the huge consumption potential of the 1.3 billion people into real consumption demand and to cultivate a consumption driven economic growth model has become an important topic in China’s economic and social transformation.

It was proposed by the 5th Plenum Session of the CPC’s 17th Central Committee that more stress should be laid on the "people first" principle and more emphasis should be put on securing and improving people's livelihood so as to further promote social equality and justice. In March 2011, Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated a long list of important policy measures to secure and improve people's livelihood, which has been widely interpreted as the orientation of future reforms and development.

“Prioritizing the growth of people’s income and wealth” essentially means to orient future reform and development towards prioritizing the growth of the income and wealth of the greatest masses of the people. To make breakthroughs in China’s income distribution reform with “Prioritizing the growth of people’s income and wealth” in order to cultivate consumption driven economic growth as the ultimate purpose is a profound economic and social change, which requires a new round of profound economic and social reforms as well as policy innovations and institutional arrangement in many fields, thus offering many important topics for in-depth research and wide discussions.

Therefore, this forum will provide a platform for policy researchers in income distribution throughout China and widely draw international experience in reforming income distributions systems. Government officials and specialists doing research in income distribution reforms from China, Norway and other countries will be invited for discussion.


2. Tentative Topics


1.       Complex changes in the world economy and China’s economic transition

-          Trends of sovereign debt crisis in Europe and its impacts on the world economy

-          Uncertainties of the world economy and prospects of China’s economic growth

-          China’s economic transition and income distribution reform


2.       Basic orientation of income distribution reform in China

-          Status quo and trends of income distribution reform in China

-          Policy orientation for prioritizing the growth of people’s income and wealth & income distribution reform


3.       Institutional arrangements for income distribution

-          International experience and lessons in building up basic institutions for income distribution

-          Building-up of basic institutions for income distributions in China


4.       Role of the Government in reforming income distribution (1)

-          Roles of State-owned capital in adjusting income gaps

-          Structural tax reduction and readjustment of the national income distribution pattern


5.       Role of the Government in reforming income distribution (2)

-          Income distribution reform and transformation of the government

-          Top level design of income distribution reform


3. Call for paper

The conference will take place on 10th and 11th December 2011 and will feature a range of keynote lectures and plenary discussions.

Those wishing to participate in the conference are invited to submit a full paper by 1st December. Please note:

-            The first page of each paper should include the following information: title of the paper; title(s) and full name, employer, postal address, phone, fax number and email address of the author(s);

-            The second page should include an abstract of about 150 words;

-            The length of the paper should be 6,000-10, 000 words;

-            Paper is expected to be submitted in Word format.


For general information pertaining to the symposium, please contact:


Mr. WEI Wenfeng          +86 89866189083


Ms. Dongni HE                  +86 89866189082


Fax:       +86 898 66258777


57 Renmin Avenue, Haikou, Hainan, P. R. China 570208

Website: (English), (Chinese)


Venue: Haikou is the capital of Hainan province, the second biggest island in China. It lies on the same latitude as Hawaii. With pleasant climate, fresh air, blue sky and beautiful beaches, Hainan has been a world famous tropical tourism resort, with more than tens of millions of tourists from all over the world every year.

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