AHEC 2018 Asian Historical Economics Conference at HKU - exploring Research and Publication of New Economic History

AHEC 2018 Online Registration is now open

Date: September 21-22, 2018

Venue: Le Méridien Hotel, Hong Kong

The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) will be hosted by the Asia Global Institute and the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Asian Historical Economics Society and the International Society for Quantitative Society. The two-day conference will be held at Le Méridien Hotel, Hong Kong on Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2018.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Yasheng Huang
International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
Professor of Global Economics and Management
MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor James Kung
Professor of Economics 
The University of Hong Kong  

Professor YC Richard Wong
Chair of Economics and Philip Wong Kennedy Wong
Professor in Political Economy
The University of Hong Kong

Program Overview (Subject to change)
Friday, September 21, 2018 (Day 1)
0900-0915 Registration
0915-1215 Opening, Keynote speech and Parallel Sessions A
1215-1330 Lunch
1330-1800 Parallel Sessions B, Tea Break, Parallel Sessions C and Keynote

1800-2000 Conference Dinner

Parallel Sessions A

Session A1 Political Economy of Economic Development in China
Session A2 Entrepreneurship and Finance in South and Southeast Asia
Session A3 Human Capital and Labor Productivity
Session A4 War and Conflicts
Session B1 Long-term Persistence 1
Session B2 Merchants and Trade in Southeast Asia
Session B3 Economic History of Western Asia
Session C1 Confucianism and Social Mobility
Session C2 Labor Market and Welfare
Session C3 Economic History of Japan

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (Day 2)

0900-1215 Parallel Sessions D, Tea Break and Parallel Sessions E

1215-1330 Lunch
1330-1715 Parallel Sessions F, Tea Break, Parallel Sessions G and Keynote Speech
1715-1800 Plenary Session: Research and Publication of New Economic History

Parallel Sessions D

Session D1 Disease and Development
Session D2 Long-term Persistence 2
Session D3 Banking and Finance
Session E1 Political Economy of Finance
Session E2 Money and Market Integration
Session E3 Land Property Right
Session F1 Elites, Institutions, and Inequality
Session F2 Economic History of Water Governance and Climate Change in China
Session F3 Industrial and Agricultural Development of South Korea, 1950s-1970s
Session G1 Revisiting the Great Divergence Debate: New Explorations in Measuring the Economic
Performance in Imperial China
Session G2 Asia and the World
Session G3 Ideology and Innovation in Economic History

Sunday, September 23, 2018 (Day 3 – Half-day city tour)
A half-day city tour will be arranged for AHEC 2018 participants joining package A or B. Details will be sent to confirmed registrants via email in due course.

Call for Papers

Note to applicants: Thank you for being interested in presenting paper at AHEC 2018. Applications are closed for this year. If you have not received a response by the end of April, please assume that your application has not been successful.


Online Registration is now open! 

Full Conference Registration includes: Access to all Parallel Sessions, Coffee Breaks, Lunches, Keynotes and Conference Dinner (on Day 1). Please make sure you have read the registration instructions (click here) before starting your online registration.

Key Dates Timeline
March 15, 2018: Deadline for abstract / paper / session proposal submission
March 16 – April 15, 2018: Review of papers and session proposals by AHEC 2018 Program Committee
April 20-30, 2018: Notification of Paper & Proposal Acceptance
May 2, 2018: Online Registration begins
May 30, 2018: Deadline for Early Bird Registration and Payment
August 15, 2018Deadline for Online Registration and Payment
August 21-31, 2018Notification of Final Presentation Schedule
September 21-22, 2018: AHEC 2018

Registration Packages 

 Fee Type – in HKD
 Early Bird  

 (A) Full Conference & City Tour – Presenter* 



 (B) Full Conference & City Tour –    Presenter (PhD student)* 



 (C) Full Conference –



 (D) Full Conference –
Presenter (PhD student)* 



 (E) Full Conference –



 (F) Full Conference –
Non-presenter (HKU staff)^ 



 (G) Full Conference –
Non-presenter (HKU student)^



Early bird rates apply if you make payment on or before May 30, 2018 (2359 HKT).
Full Conference Registration includes: Access to all Parallel Sessions, Coffee Breaks, Lunches, Keynotes and Conference Dinner (on Day 1).
*Presenters: Package A, B, C and D are for conference presenters who have received a notification of acceptance from AHEC 2018 Secretariat by April 27, 2018.
# Non-presenters: Package E is for conference non-presenters. Please contact AHEC 2018 Secretariat (ahec2018@hku.hk) before you are able to complete the online registration process.
^ HKU staff members and students joining AHEC 2018 as non-presenters are eligible for discounted pricing, please contact AHEC 2018 Secretariat (ahec2018@hku.hk) to obtain registration and direct deposit information. AHEC 2018 Secretariat will check your HKU member status before approving your registration.

Registration instructions
Spouse / Accompanying Person: Presenters may wish to invite a spouse or guest to take part in the conference dinner. Please contact AHEC 2018 by email to register accompanying persons.

Food Allergies & Restrictions: Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. We appreciate advance notice on any restrictions by July 20, 2018.

Refund Policy:
Cancellations must be sent to AHEC 2018 via email AHEC2018@hku.hk.
 – Cancellation on or before June 20, 2018 – A full refund (less an administrative fee of HKD$100)
 – Cancellation on or before July 20, 2018 – A 50% refund will be given.
 – Cancellation after August 30, 2018 – We will not refund money for requests to withdraw from AHEC 2018 except under extreme situations beyond control such as illness.
Note: No refunds until the end of conference.

  About AHEC 2018

The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) will be hosted by the Asia Global Institute and the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Asian Historical Economics Society. This year’s conference follows earlier Conferences of the Asian Historical Economics Society in Venice (2008), Beijing (2010), Tokyo (2012), Istanbul (2014), and Seoul (2016), aiming to bring together researchers working on the economic history of all regions of Asia, as well as those comparing Asia with other regions.

  AHEC 2018 Organizing Committee

Zhiwu Chen

The University of Hong Kong

 Stephen Broadberry
Oxford University
Stephen Broadberry Organizing Committee of AHEC 2018
Bishnupriya Gupta
University of Warwick

Duol Kim
Myongji University


Debin Ma
London School of Economics
and Political Science
Şevket Pamuk
Bogaziçi University


  AHEC 2018 Program Committee 

Stephen Broadberry, Oxford University
Zhiwu Chen, The University of Hong Kong
Kyoji Fukao, Hitotsubashi University
Bishnupriya Gupta, University of Warwick
Duol Kim, Myongji University
James Kung, The University of Hong Kong
Chicheng Ma, The University of Hong Kong
Şevket Pamuk, Bogaziçi University

  AHEC 2018 Secretariat

If you have any questions regarding this conference, please email to: AHEC2018@hku.hk.