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"CQMM Press Conference on Macroeconomic Projections for 2015-2016" and "Kobe-Xiamen 2nd International Conference in Economics"

The Xiamen University in Fujian Province is one of the National Key Universities in China, and well known for its strength in the social science research including economics. The macroeconomic forecast based on CQMM (China's Quarterly Macroeconometric Model), which is made by the Macroeconomics Research Center in the university biannually, is one of the best established forecasts in China. Also, in collaboration with the forecast, the Xinhua News Agency conducts the Economists Questionnaire Survey on China’s Macro-economy intended for Chinese leading economists.

On September 9th 2015, in order to deepen the understanding of the Chinese economy and to examine the future economic relationship between Japan and China, the Graduate School of Economics held the conference on the macroeconomic forecast based on CQMM by the center and the Economists Questionnaire Survey on China’s Macro-economy by the Xinhua News Agency. Following the welcome remark by Professor Toshiki Jinushi, Dean of the graduate school, Professor Wuyuan Chen, Director of Managing Department of Social Sciences, Xiamen University made the remark to open the conference.

First, Professor Guifu Chen of the Center for Macroeconomic Research, who obtained Ph.D. from the Kobe University, gave detailed explanations of the forecast in Japanese. Then, Mr. Du Yuejin, Editor in Chief of the Xinhua News Agency, explained the Economists Questionnaire Survey with Japanese translation by Professor Chen.

Second, three Japanese experts in macroeconomic forecasting, Professor Fumihide Takeuchi of Tokai University, Professor Shigeyuki Hamori of Kobe University, and Yoshihisa Inada of Konan University, made insightful comments on the macroeconomic forecast and the survey in Japanese with English slides. Then, the question and answer session was held, in which many people from the media such as the Nikkei Newspaper and the Kobe Newspaper participated. The conference was successfully concluded with full of fruitful discussions among the participants.

Following the successful 1st conference on January 22nd, the Kobe-Xiamen 2nd International Conference in Economics was held on September 9th, 2015.

The conference consisted of two sessions. In the first session, the chair of which was Professor Tamotsu Nakamura of Kobe University, the first presentation was “From Physical to Human Capital Accumulation: Effects of Mortality Changes” by Dr. Keiya Minamimura, Research Fellow of Kobe University. Professor Yu Liu of Xiamen University made excellent comments on it. The second one was “How Does Intellectual Property Rights Protection Affect Dual Margins of China’s Export Growth?” by Professor Changlin Yu of Xiamen University, followed by comments by Dr. Chihiro Inaba, Research Fellow of Kobe University.

In the second session, the chair of which was Professor Shigeyuki Hamori, Deputy Dean of Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, the first presentation was “Progressive Taxation and Equilibrium Indeterminacy with Endogenous Growth” by Professor Yunfang Hu of Kobe University. Professor Yanwu Wang made wonderful comments on her talk. The second presentation was “Relationship of Financial Deepening and Economic Growth in Western China” by Professor Yu Liu of Xiamen University, followed by comments by Dr. Kohei Hasui, Research Fellow of Kobe University.

In both sessions not only the speakers and discussants but also the other participants from various universities were actively involved in the discussions. As a result, the conference became a great success.

 

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