2018 Workshop on Long-Run Development

The School of Economics organized on May 13th 2018 a workshop on long-run development featuring a keynote speech of Prof. Nathan Nunn (Harvard University). The workshop took place on old campus of Henan University, at Henan Universities' Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development Center.




Saturday, May 12th


Recommended hotel: Pullman Kaifeng

Sunday, May 13th


KEYNOTE TALK: 9:05 - 10:05

Nathan Nunn (Harvard University)
Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change

GROUP PICTURE: 10:05 - 10:15 (Coffee/Tea Break)

SESSION 1: 10:15 - 12:15

Chair: Kaixiang Peng (Henan University)

Yu Hao (Peking University)
Bring down the gentry: the abolition of exam, local self-governance and anti-gentry uprisings, 1902-1911

Phil Z. Xu (Henan University), Yu Zhang (Nanjing Audit U.), Shahriar Kibriya (Texas A&M)
The Long-Run Effects of the Slave Trade on the Political Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ying Bai (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Ruixue Jia (UCSD)
Political Hierarchy and Regional Development: China, A.D., 1000-2000

 Lunch 12:15 - 14:00

SESSION 2: 14:00 - 16:00

Chair: Phil Xu (Henan University)

Chicheng Ma (UHK), Ying Bai (CUHK), James Kung (HKUST)
The Rise of Confucianism: Migration, Competition, and Cultural Formation in Historical China

Baomin Dong (Henan University) and Yibei Guo (Henan University)
Building State Capacity: A Quantification of Pre-Qin Case


Bingtao Song (Henan University)
On the Time and Location of the Xia Dynasty as a Fiscal State: Evidence from Archaeological Remains and Legendary Records

Coffee/Tea Break: 16:00 - 16:10

SESSION 3: 16:10 - 17:30

Chair: Bingtao Song (Henan University)

Jiannan Li
(Xiamen University)
Guns, Ships and Rice: Modern China's Treaty Opening and Domestic Market Integration


Kaixiang Peng (Henan University)
Malthusian Trap or Smithian Growth: A Research on the Living Standards of China from 10th to 19th Century

DINNER: 18:00 - 20:30


Note: Authors whose names appear in bold font are presenting authors