Quantitative analysis of Chinese economic performance

Quantitative analysis of Chinese economic performance between

AD 960 and 1911


Date of the workshop: Thu 25- Sat 26 September, 2014

Organizer: Guangxi normal University and Utrecht University

VenueGuangxi Normal University, Guangxi, China



The aim of this workshop is to discuss the long-run economic development of China between the Sung and Qing period. By discussing and comparing quantitative evidence of the main economic sectors stretching over this period, the organizers hope a) to gain more insights in the structural processes driving economic development in China and b) to facilitate international comparison. 


Basic requests for participants

a)Please write the paper in English.

b) the working language of the workshop is English, even though the possibility exist to use Chinese.

c) Deadline for submission of papers: the 1st September 2014. Authors are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. If required, they can ask the organizers of the workshop to have a first read of their paper on the English language.  

e) Workshop papers have no specific length. However, as a rule of thumb papers may be between 4,000 and 10,000 words.


Persons involved in the workshop: 

a) Organizers workshop

Dr. Xuyi (Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Bas van Leeuwen( Utrecht University)

Dr. Peter Foldvari (Utrecht University)


b)   participants

Prof. Shi Zhihong (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Prof. Liu Lanxi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Prof. Chen Zhengping (Tsjinghua University)

Prof. Zhu Congbing (Suzhou University)

Prof. Tang Ling (Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Bishnupriya Gupta (Warwick University)

Dr. Bas van Leeuwen(IISH and Utrecht University)

Dr. Liu Guanglin (The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology)

Dr. Ni Yuping ( Beijing Normal University) 

Dr. Peter Foldvari (Utrecht University)

Dr. Su Jinghua (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Dr. Wang Zunwang( Fujian Chinese Traditional Medical University)

Dr. Xuyi ( Guangxi Normal University)

Dr. Yu Qingliang (Hangzhou Normal University)

Peng Kaixiang (Henan University)

Ye Ma (University of Groningen)



Papers & Programme (click here for pdf version of programme with Chinese translations)


Day 1 - 2014/9/25 Fengcai Meeting Room, Guilin Park Hotel


Opening ceremony and welcome speeches.

Speech: Bas van Leeuwen (Utrecht University) Industrialization around the South China Sea in world perspective, ca. 1810-2012 - abstract

Session 1

14.00-15.30 Chaired by Liu Lanxi 

* Dr. Liu Guanglin - Output and Population in the Song and Min: a cross check - abstract

* Dr. Su Jinhua - On the Horse Trade of Song Dynasty -abstract

* Dr. Wang Zunwang - On the grain price in Ming Dynasty


15.30 - 16.00 coffee/tea break


Session 2

16.00-18.00 chaired by Bisnupriya Gupta

* Prof. Shi Zhihong - Agriculture in Ming and Qing.

* Dr. Yu Qingliang - Government finance in Ming dynasty.

* Jieli Li, Bas van Leeuwen and Xuyi - Printing industry from the Ming till the Qing dynastyabstract

* Ye Ma - The State Civilian Granary System and the Rice Market in 18th–19th Century Chinaabstract

* Peter Foldvari - Market integration in Qing China and Europe: a reinterpretationabstract


Day 2 - 2014/9/25 Fengcai Meeting Room, Guilin Park Hotel

Session 1

8.30 - 10.00 chaired by Gao Chaoqun

* Prof. Zhu Congbing - Railways in the Qing dynasty.

* Prof. Ni Yuping - A Preliminary Analysis of the Customs Duties Data:1644-1911 abstract

* Prof. Chen Zhengping - Characteristics of International trade during 3 stages in New China

* Prof. Tang Ling - On the Collection of Materials of Merchant Guilds in Guangxi Local History


10.00-10.30 coffee/tea break


Session 2

10.30-12.00 chaired by Peter Foldvari

* Peng Kaixiang - Financial Integration between China and the World: 1870-1940 - abstract

* Dr. Xuyi - Chinese National Income, ca. 1661-1933 - abstract

* Dr. Bishnupriya Gupta - Two Asia giants: comparing India and China


12.00 - 12.30

Meeting of the Quantitative History of China Series - chaired by: Prof. Shi Zhihong and Bas van Leeuwen