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Human Capital and Economic Development in China – An International Conference

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


October 5-6
509 O’Brian, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public

While numerous factors have contributed to China’s phenomenal growth performance of roughly 10% annually for over three decades, investment in physical capital and adoption of existing technology have been two major driving forces. However, as China joins the ranks of other middle-income countries, continued economic growth will depend critically on technological innovation, which in turn depends on the quality of its labor force. This conference will assemble academic scholars from the United States and China to present their research on a wide range of issues concerning human capital investment in China, including interactions between migration and education decisions, gender and income inequalities, higher education system, and the role of social and family environments in human capital production. The conference also features a keynote speech by a leading scholar in the field of human capital, Isaac Ehrlich, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Economics, founding editor of the Journal of Human Capital (published by the University of Chicago Press), and Director of Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development. The conference is timely in light of the recent growth slowdown in China and is expected to produce important policy recommendations.

Saturday sessions
Migration and Human Capital Investment
Human Capital Investment and Inequality

Sunday sessions
College Access and Admission
Human Capital Investment: Environment and Spillovers

View the complete conference agenda here

Organized and cosponsored by the UB Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development, UB Department of Economics, and UB Confucius Institute.


509 O’Brian Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260 United States
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