AHEC 2018 Asian Historical Economics Conference at HKU

Date: September 21-22, 2018

Venue: Level 3, Cyberport 3 and Le Méridien Hotel

Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC) is biannually organized by the Asian Historical Economics Society since 2008. 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 International Society for Quantitative History. The two-day conference will be held at Level 3, Core E, Cyberport 3 and Le Méridien Hotel, Hong Kong on Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2018.


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This year we are delighted that our keynote speakers will be Professor Yasheng Huang from MIT Sloan School of Management, Professor Jame Kung and Professor Y. C. Richard Wong from the University of Hong Kong. 

Professor Yasheng HuangThe Longevity of Chinese Absolutism
International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
Professor of Global Economics and Management
MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor James Kung: The Origins and Persistence of Meritocracy
Professor of Economics 
The University of Hong Kong  

Professor Y.C. Richard WongHomes and Immigrants in Post-war Hong Kong: A Quantitative History
Chair of Economics
Philip Wong Kennedy Wong 
Professor in Political Economy
The University of Hong Kong

Program Overview 
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DOWNLOAD AHEC 2018 Full Conference Program 

Friday, September 21, 2018 (Day 1)
0900-0915 Registration
0915-0930 Opening Remarks by Zhiwu Chen (HKU)
0930-1030 Keynote Speech by James Kung (HKU)
1030-1100 Tea Break
1100-1230 Parallel Sessions A
1230-1400 Lunch 
1400-1530 Parallel Sessions B
1530-1600 Tea Break
1600-1730 Parallel Sessions C
1830-2100 Conference Dinner
                    Dinner Keynote by Y. C. Richard Wong (HKU)  

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (Day 2)

0900-1030 Parallel Sessions D
1030-1100 Tea Break
1100-1230 Parallel Sessions E

1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1500 Parallel Sessions F
1500-1530 Tea Break
1530-1630 Keynote Speech by Yasheng Huang (MIT)

1630-1800 Plenary Session: Research and Publication of New Economic History
                    Debin Ma (LSE)
                    Kris Mitchener (Santa Clara)
                    Zhiwu Chen (HKU)

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 by Wednesday, September 19. 


Conference Registration
AHEC 2018 Conference Registration is now closed. Thank you for being interested in joining the conference.
Registered presenters and non-presenting participants should have received conference general information by Monday, September 17.

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 (for AHEC 2018 Presenters:
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.


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, 2018: Deadline for Online Registration and Payment
August 27-31, 2018: Notification of Final Presentation Schedule
September 21-22, 2018AHEC 2018

 About AHEC 2018

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.