During May 11 to 13, the first East Asia Macroeconomic Forum was held in Hagen of Germany, it was a joint initiative of the East Asian Macroeconomic Research Center of the University of Hagen and the Macroeconomic Research Center of Xiamen University. Dozens of experts and scholars from the University of Hagen, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and some other important international organizations were present at the forum.
Prof. Ada Pellert, President of the University of Hagen, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. She began by extending a warm welcome to all the experts and scholars present at the forum who had come from all over the world, including those from Xiamen University. She pointed out that China´s economy has become a hot topic in the international economic circles due to China´s rapidly growing economy in recent years and its increasingly influential role in the world. She expressed the hope that the East Asia Macroeconomic Research Center of the University of Hagen would continue to strengthen academic exchanges and cooperation with Xiamen University and pursue common development.
Themed as "East Asia´s Macroeconomic Development and Trade", the forum included such sessions as thematic reports, policy reports and special reports. Dr. Markus Rodlauer, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Department of the International Monetary Fund, gave a keynote speech entitled China: Quo Valis?; Dr. Likka Korhonen, Director of the Bank of Finland´s Institute for Economies in Transition , delivered a policy report entitled Lessons from China for Emerging Markets. In addition, Prof. Zhang Ping, a member of the Academic Committee of the Macroeconomic Research Center of Xiamen University and Deputy Director of the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as well as Prof. Liu Yu and Assi. Prof. Li Jing from the Macroeconomic Research Center of Xiamen University also gave their separate reports pertaining to their submitted papers, which are respectively entitled Potential Growth and Structure Adjustment in China, Effects of Education on Economic Growth, and Identity or Skill - Examination of City Size Wage Premium Differential in Chinese Cities.
Edited by Li Zhiruo & Luo Shuang