Organizers: Zhiguo He, Chang-Tai Hsieh

BFI-China Research Conference 2022

The BFI-China Research Conference will be held all day on April 1, 2022, and continue the morning of April 2, 2022 at the Rubenstein Forum on the University of Chicago campus. Registration is open to virtual and in-person participation.

Jointly organized by Becker Friedman Institute China and Tsinghua University-University of Chicago Joint Research Center for Economics and Finance, the conference aims to assemble well established economic scholars to discuss recent work on issues related to Chinese Economy and Financial Markets. Topics include the following:

  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Fintech
  • Housing markets
  • Law and economics
  • Political economy

If you plan to attend the conference, please register below.

All dates are listed in Central Standard Time.


Friday, April 1, 2022

8:25 am–8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Zhiguo He (University of Chicago)

8:30 am–9:30 am

Quantitative Policy in the US-China Trade War

Presenter: Tuo Chen (Tsinghua University)

Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago)

Zheng Song (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

9:45 am–10:15 am

Data Description: Interbank Fund Flows in China

Presenter: Wenlan Luo (Tsinghua University)

10:15 am–10:45 am

Data Description: Financing Privately-Owned Firms in China

Presenter: Wei Wei (University of Chicago)

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Is American Soft Power a Casualty of the Trade War?

Guest Speaker: Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University)

12:00 pm–1:30 pm


First Floor Dining Room

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

The Dynamic Effects of Computerizing VAT Invoices on Chinese Manufacturing Firms

Guest Speaker: Nancy Qian (Northwestern University)

2:45 pm–3:45 pm

Is There an Industrial Land Discount in China? A Public Finance Perspective

Presenter: Yang Su (University of Chicago)

Zhiguo He (University of Chicago)

Scott Nelson (University of Chicago)

Anthony Lee Zhang (University of Chicago)

Fudong Zhang (Tsinghua University)

4:00 pm–4:45 pm

Judicial Independence, Local Protectionism, and Economic Prosperity

Presenter: Shaoda Wang(University of Chicago)

Yi Lu (Tsinghua University)

Wenwei Peng (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

5:00 pm–5:45 pm

Spending Responses to Stimulus: Evidence from Coupon Notches in China

Presenter: Lucy Msall (University of Chicago)

Jing Ding (Harbin Institute of Technology)

Lei Jiang (Tsinghua University)

Matthew J. Notowidigdo(University of Chicago)

5:45m pm


Saturday, April 2, 2022

8:30 am–9:15 am

How Does Matching Uncertainty Affect Marital Surplus? Theory and Evidence from China

Presenter: Xinzheng Shi (Tsinghua University)

Li Han (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Ming-ang Zhang (Central University of Finance and Economics)

9:15 am–10:00 am

Heterogeneous Preference and College Admission in China: Estimation and Policy Implications

Presenter: Chenyuan Liu (Tsinghua University)

Chenglei Diao (Tsinghua University)

Xiaohan Zhong (Tsinghua University)

10:15 am–11:15 am

Transport Infrastructure and Productivity: The China Experience

Guest Speaker: Steven J. Davis (University of Chicago)

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Investing with the Government: A Field Experiment in China

Presenter: Bo Li (Tsinghua University)

Emanuele Colonnelli (University of Chicago)

Ernest Liu (Princeton University)

12:30 pm–1:30 pm


First Floor Dining Room

1:30 pm

Conference Adjourns