Call for Papers: Expanding Middle-income Group: Policies and Institutions

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The 8th Sino-Norwegian Social Forum

 

Expanding Middle-income Group: Policies and Institutions

 

1-2 December, 2012

Haikou, China

 

 

Call for Papers

Background

Against the backdrop of continuous slowdown of economic growth, volatile and complicated external environment, downslide of export and shortage of sustainable endogenous driving forces for stabilizing economic growth, making breakthroughs in reform of income distribution so as to expand the middle income group has remain a most important and imperative structural readjustment in China. Hence, it has been reiterated in the 12th Five-Year Program for Economic and Social Development, during the 2012’ Central Economic Work Conference and in this year’s government work report that expansion of domestic demand must be held as strategic base, and guaranteeing and improving people’s well-beings as well as expanding the middle-income group must be more prioritized.

However, expanding the middle-income group calls for readjustment of the national income distribution pattern and critical interest relations; requires reform of fiscal and taxation systems as well as state-owned monopolistic sectors; needs systematic and institutional rearrangements for various sectors including public services; and thus involves many important policy topics. For instance, what are the main causes for the too small proportion of middle-income group? What are the conceptual, systematic, institutional and mechanism barriers to expanding the middle-income group? What type of national income distribution pattern can help gradually expand the middle-income group? Can speeding up urbanization in general and population urbanization in particular result in an expansion of the middle income group? What structural reforms as well as property rights system reforms are required by expansion of the middle income group? All these questions remain to be answered by in-depth studies and discussions across a wide spectrum of stakeholders.

For this purpose, China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD) and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) will co-organize “The 8th Sino-Norwegian Social Forum” around the theme of “Expanding Middle- income Group: Policy and Structure on 1-2 December 2012 in Haikou, China. Social policy experts from both home and abroad will be invited for in-depth discussions.

 

Tentative Topics

1.        Development of the Middle Income Group: Status Quo and Current Trend

-             Causes for the Too Small Proportion of the Middle Income Group in China

-             Trend of the Development of the Middle Income Group in China in the Next 5-10 Years

-             Imperative Need and Basic Objective of Enlarging the Middle Income Group

 

2.        Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Required Breakthroughs in Income   

Distribution Reforms

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Rationalizing the Pattern of the National Income Distribution

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Equalizing Urban-rural Residents’ access to Basic Public Services

-             Breaking the Constraints of Vested Interests and Making Breakthroughs in Reforming the Income Distribution System

 

3.        Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Population Urbanization

-             Urbanization and the Size of the Middle Income Group

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Population Urbanization

-             Citizenization of Migrant Rural Workers: Timing and Conditions

 

4.        Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Structural Reforms

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Fiscal and Taxation System Reforms

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Income/Property Transparency Institutions

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Consumption Financing

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Reforming Monopolistic Sectors

 

5.        Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Reforming Property Rights Institutions

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Reforming Rural Land Property Rights Institutions

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Employee Stock Ownership Program

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Allowing Factors to Participate in Income Distribution

-             Enlarging the Middle Income Group and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

 

 

Call for paper

The conference will feature a range of keynote speeches and plenary discussions.

Those wishing to participate in the conference are invited to submit their papers by 20 November, 2012 for translation. Please note:

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

-            The second page shall include an abstract;

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

-            Papers are expected to be submitted in Word format.

Contact persons:

For general information pertaining to the symposium, please contact:

Mr. WEI Wenfeng          wwf.cird@gmail.com           +86 89866189083,

Ms. Li Xin                     haokanxinxin@126.com    +86 89866189082

Mr. LIU Tieqi                 dongkuang6@163.com         +86 89866189082

 

 

 

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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