Knowledge Exchange: STL Lab Co-chair Attends International Workshop on Regional, Urban, and Spatial Economics in China

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, China, hosted the fifth International Workshop on Regional, Urban, and Spatial Economics in China in summer 2016. It featured more than 50 papers and keynote speeches, including SWUFE’s own Li Gan on the mystery of vacant houses in China, University of Houston’s Janet Kohlhase on how big cities respond to suburban fiscal policies, Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Frank van Oort, and Asian Development Bank Institute’s Naoyuki Yoshino.

Albert Saiz, director of the MIT Center for Real Estate and co-chair of the STL Lab, participated as a discussant in a session about the role of local governmental financing platforms in urban sprawl and also served as session chair on a talk about housing investment in Chinese cities. He also served as a scientific committee member on the conference's workshop and spoke in the editors' panel session.

The two-day workshop attracted more than 100 people from around the globe to learn about cutting-edge research in the field and reinforce the academic and professional network for China-focused scholars worldwide.