Zhengzhou, Henan, China

7th HenU / INFER Workshop on
Applied Macroeconomics

April 3rd - 5th, 2024

Important Dates

Submisssion Deadline
December 10th, 2023
Informed about decision before
December 20th, 2023
Pre-Registration for International Participants
December 30th, 2023
Registration Deadline
January 31st, 2024

This year's conference is about

Since its economic opening in 1978 and even more so since its accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has become one of the main actors of the global economy. Since 2009, China has been the largest exporter in the world. Since 2013, China has promoted its “Belt and Road Initiative”, funding infrastructure – mostly in emerging markets – along the new “maritime silk road” and the old land trade corridors of the historical silk road, to further increase regional connectivity and possibly trade flows.  While China has been continuously opening, there are still barriers to trade. With China’s economic prosperity, those are seen increasingly critical by Western trading partners who are less and less willing to treat China as developing economy but rather see it as rival.

From April 3rd to 5th, 2024, the Center for Financial Development and Stability (CFDS) at Henan University and the International Network for Economic Research (INFER) will organize their 6th annual Workshop on Applied Macroeconomics hosted by Henan University.

We are looking for contributions to provide a better understanding of China’s role in the global economy. As always, we invite papers from all fields in applied macroeconomics, but papers matching those issues are particularly welcome. 

Special Issue


Selected, excellent papers will be considered for a special issue in Open Ecnomies Review. Those papers will be subject to additional double blinded peer review.  More details on the submission process will be available soon.


Please submit your paper or extended abstract by December 10th, 2023 via conferencemaker, preference will be given to full papers. The authors will be informed about acceptance by December 20th, 2023.

This Year's Keynote Speakers

Prof. Thorsten Beck
Prof. Thorsten BeckDirector of the Florence School of Banking and Finance and Professor of Financial Stability, European University Institute (EUI)
Prof. Lawrence Christiano
Prof. Lawrence ChristianoAlfred W. Chase Chair in Business Institutions, Northwestern University Department of Economics, Northwestern University
Prof. Xiaodong Zhu
Prof. Xiaodong ZhuProfessor, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong


The conference venue is Henan Universities newly opened Zhengzhou campus near Longzi Lake. The campus is conveniently located only 10 driving minutes away from Zhengzhou East Train station and 35 driving minutes from Xinzheng Airport. A direct train connection is also available from Xinzheng airport to Zhengzhou East Train station (duration: 17 minutes). 


North Section of Minglu Road, Number 379
Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Postal Code: 450046

地址: 中国 河南 郑州明理路北段379号
邮编: 450046


Please arrange your arrival in Zhengzhou on April 3rd for registration and welcoming, we will schedule presentations all day on April 4th and 5th, in addition we offer an optional post-conference field trip to visit Millionaire Kang’s Mansion (康百萬莊園) in Gongyi County, Zhengzhou.

April 3rd

Registration and Welcoming

April 4th

Presentations and Keynote Speech all day

April 5th

Presentations and Keynote Speech all day

April 6th

Post-conference field trip to visit Millionaire Kang's Mansion
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Conference Fee

The conference fee is RMB 800, which can be paid onsite. The conference fee includes buffet lunch and formal dinner on April 4th and 5th as well as shuttle service between the Atour Hotel and the conference venue (distance: 3 km).


Rooms including breakfast are available at the Atour Hotel Zhengzhou East Station Longzi Lake for a special conference rate of 380 RMB (about 52 USD or 49 EUR).

Hotel rooms for the special rate can be reserved during the conference registration.


Organizing Committee

Makram El-Shagi
Makram El-ShagiHenan University
Lin Zhang
Lin ZhangHenan University

Scientific Committee

Makram EL-SHAGI (HenU)

ZHANG Lin (HenU)

JIANG Lunan (HenU)

WANG Qianqian (HenU)

Phil XU (HenU)

ZHU Junbing (HenU)

Jarko FIDRMUC (Zeppelin University)