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2018 International Conference

Held for the first time in 1992, AREUEA's annual International Conference over the years has become the leading conference to address global developments in international topics that affect real estate and urban economics. AREUEA membership now include individuals and libraries from over 45 countries around the world.

For information about previous International conferences, please see the conference archive section.

General Conference Information

The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) is pleased to announce the 2018 annual international conference will be held at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, June 12-15.

Download a copy of the 2018 Jinan program.

The main venue will be on the Jinan campus with additional events planned for the Vanburgh Hotel, a short walk away. Conference highlights will include keynote addresses by Vernon Henderson and Joe Gyourko, a special panel of local real estate industry representatives moderated by Sheridan Titman, and two days of parallel sessions. Other confirmed attendees include the program committee listed below who will assist in forming the program.

The conference will begin in the afternoon on June 12 with an initial keynote address and welcome reception and will conclude with a dinner cruise on the Pearl River on June 14. An optional outing to see some of the nearby sights is being planned for June 15--please check back for details.

Guangzhou airport is one of the main transport hubs in China and provides excellent connections to major cities throughout the world. There is easy transport by taxi from the airport to the conference hotels and university.

For participants who need a visa in order to attend the conference, please follow the general regulations for travel to China, details of which are available at Chinese embassy websites (e.g., Please note that a formal letter of invitation will be required from IESR at Jinan University. Requests for a letter of invitation should be addressed to Sisi Zhang at Travelers should anticipate 2 to 4 weeks to obtain a visa, with applications submitted in person at a Chinese Embassy or by mail through travel services such as

We look forward to seeing you in Guangzhou.

The 2018 International Conference Committees

Organizing Committee

Shimeng Liu, Jinan University Shuaizhang Feng, Jinan University
Sisi Zhang, Jinan University Daniel McMillen, University of Illinois
Stuart Rosenthal, Syracuse University Sheridan Titman, University of Texas

Program Committee

Nathaniel Baum-Snow (Toronto) Daniel McMillen (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Yongheng Deng (NUS) Stuart Rosenthal (Syracuse)
Lu Han (Toronto) Sheridan Titman (Texas-Austin)
Joseph Gyourko (UPenn) Matthew Turner (Brown)
Vernon Henderson (LSE) Vincent Yao (Georgia State)
Matthew Kahn (USC) Sisi Zhang (Jinan)
Jing Li (Singapore Management Univ.) Siqi Zheng (MIT)
Shimeng Liu (Jinan)

For more information, contact our International Conference Chairs

Shimeng Liu, Jinan University
Sisi Zhang, Jinan University
Stuart Rosenthal, Syracuse University


Conference Announcements

Call for Papers

The 2018 American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) International Conference will be held at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Theoretical and empirical contributions centered around research in real estate economics, real estate finance, urban economics, and other related areas are welcomed. All plenary and parallel sessions will take place on June 12-14, with an optional outing to visit some of the local sights on June 15.

For more information, please download the PDF version of this announcement.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions of well-developed abstracts or preferably full papers in pdf format should be made through the AREUEA website (AREUEA members only) or by email directly to Jinan University at Submission portals will be open from November 1, 2017 through the submission deadline of February 28, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone.

The Women in Real Estate Network (WREN) would like to sponsor an academic session at the 2018 International Conference at Jinan University on the topic of gender in real estate or urban economics. Research related to this topic could include (but is not limited to) differential outcomes for women in mortgage borrowing or mortgage delinquency, gender differences in housing market participation such as bidding for property, gender differences in location choice, gender differences in homeownership, or differential effects of any housing or mortgage market government policies on women.

Authors who would like their research to be considered for this session should indicate an interest in this session in a comment to the organizers when submitting their paper or contact Raven Molloy (, Amanda Ross (, or Sisi Zhang (

Graduate students and authors within three years of having received their PhD. are invited to have their submission considered for a young scholar poster session in addition to presentation in a regular session. The poster session will be held during the reception on the first evening of June 12, in the Vanbrugh hotel. Interested authors should indicate that they would like to have their submission considered for the poster session in a cover letter attached to their paper or email Shimeng Liu at

The call for papers is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper.

Key Dates:
November 1, 2017 Submission portals open
February 23, 2018 Deadline for paper or abstract submission (preference for full papers)
February 28, 2018 Extended deadline for paper or abstract submission (preference for full papers)
March 15, 2018 Notification of acceptance

Registration (Includes Meals and Social Events June 12-14. A small additional fee may be required for the outing on June 15)

Register by May 1, 2018 Register after May 1, 2018
Faculty & Other Non-Students 350 USD/2,300 RMB 450 USD/3,000 RMB
Student 100 USD/660 RMB 150 USD/1,000 RMB
Accompanying Guest 200 USD/1,300 RMB 250 USD/1,650 RMB

Refund Policy

To cancel please send an email to

  • Cancellation received by April 15, 2018, Refund 100%
  • Cancellation received by May 1, 2018, Refund 70%
  • Cancellation received by May 15, 2018, Refund 30%
  • No refund if cancellation received after May 15, 2018

For participants with a Chinese bank account, click here to register for the conference. For those without a Chinese bank account, click here to register for the conference.

Conference Hotel

IESR is providing subsidized room rates for three hotels listed below, all of which are within easy walking distance of Jinan University. The main conference hotel is the Vanburgh at which several of the conference events will take place. For booking hotel rooms, we have reserved rooms at the conference hotels. To take advantage of those room reservations, please refer to a webpage detailing the process.

Rates below are approximate and may differ slightly depending on the annual increase to the Jinan University subsidized rate and the currency exchange rate. Updates will be posted once the Jinan University rate for 2018 is confirmed.

Hotel Approximate Nightly Room Rate (Check back for updates)
Vanburgh (Main Hotel) $90.00 USD (600 RMB)
Huaweida Hotel $60.00 USD (400 RMB)
Lucky Holiday Hotel $70.00 USD (450 RMB)

Conference Program

The conference will include two keynote presentations, a special panel of industry representatives, and parallel sessions, focused around questions related to real estate and urban economics.

All sessions are in English.

June 12, 2018 Opening Keynote Talk, 4:00 pm at the Vanburgh Hotel
Welcome reception and young scholar poster session, 5:30 pm at the Vanburgh Hotel
June 13, 2018 Parallel Sessions morning and afternoon at Jinan University
Special panel of real estate industry officials 6:00 pm at the Vanburgh Hotel
Gala Dinner 7:30 pm, Vanburgh Hotel
June 14, 2018 Parallel Sessions morning and afternoon at Jinan University
Closing Keynote Talk at 4:00 pm (Venue TBA)
Pearl River dinner cruise 6:30 pm (busses will leave from the Vanburgh Hotel)
June 15, 2018 Guided outing to see local sights (optional)

Keynote Speakers and Industry Panel Chair:

Vernon Henderson, Professor, London School of Economics, previously Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University.

Joseph Gyourko, Martin Bucksbaum Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Business Economics & Public Policy and Nancy A. Nasher and David Haemisegger Director of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Sheridan Titman, Walter W. McAllister Centennial Chair in Financial Services, University of Texas – Austin.

Location and Transportation

The main campus of Jinan University is located at the center of Tianhe District, the CBD of Guangzhou. The Vanburgh Hotel is one kilometer from Jinan University’s south entrance gate.

It is easy to take a taxi from the airport or train station to the Vanburgh Hotel and we encourage you to do so. The fare from the airport is about $26 USD/170RMB with tolls included. No gratuity is needed.

For those who are familiar with Guangzhou and speak Chinese, one can also take the metro or bus from the airport. By metro, take Line 3 north extension, transfer to Line 3 and then to Line 5; exit at Tancun station and walk to the hotel. By bus, take the Express No. 2 and get off at the Huashi (GDh) Hotel; then walk through the Jinan campus to the south gate and from there to the Vanburgh Hotel.

If you arrive in Guangzhou by train, note that there are three train stations including Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station and Guangzhou South Railway Station. From Guangzhou Railway Station, take the No.550 Bus and get off at Guofangdasha Bus Stop or take the metro Line 5 and get off at Tancun Station. From Guangzhou East Railway Station, take the No.43 Bus and get off at Guofangdasha Bus Stop or the No.302 Bus and get off at the Shipaicun Bus Stop. From Guangzhou South Railway Station, take the metro Line 2 to Jiangnanxi Station, walk out from Exit E, then walk to Nancun Bus Stop and take the No.299 bus to Guofangdasha Bus Stop.

Conference Website and Contact Information

For more information on the 2018 AREUEA International Conference at Jinan University, Guangzhou China, please visit the conference website:

For questions, you can also email the program chairs at

The Institute for Economic and Social Research

The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, founded in December 2015, is dedicated to building a world-renowned research program in applied economics, as well as a leading center for research on China. The institute’s research focuses on areas that include labor, urban, education, health, environment and real estate economics. Professor Shuaizhang Feng, honored as Distinguished Young Scholar in 2014 and Yangtze River Scholar in 2012, is the dean at IESR and the first to hold that position.

IESR includes 27 full-time faculty members of whom 21 obtained their Ph.D. degrees from universities in North America and Europe. Currently, seven IESR faculty work in real estate and urban economics. The institute is actively developing partnerships with various leading academic institutions and think tanks in North America, Europe and Asia. IESR offers undergraduate and graduate (MA level) degree programs in economics that are taught exclusively in English.

Survey Data Center at IESR

IESR has its own survey data center, which plays a major role in the collection, synthesis and analysis of micro-level data in China. The survey data center currently includes over 20 fulltime staff. The center has several ongoing projects including Rural-Urban Migration in China, the China Household Employment Survey, a survey designed to assess total factor productivity among manufacturing establishments in Guangdong Province, and the Longitudinal Study of Children’s Development in Mianzhu, Sichuan Province.

Center for Policy Research at IESR

Facts matter: The center for policy research at IESR is dedicated to conducting rigorous analysis based on micro-level data, and to making evidence-based policy recommendations to local and central government. The center currently has five full-time research associates and over 20 affiliated part-time researchers. Research projects focus on urban development, housing policy, employment, child development, migration, and environmental policy. The center organizes policy forums and develops partnerships with think tanks worldwide.

Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou is the capital and a political, economic, and cultural center of Guangdong Province and is the third largest city of China. A giant metropolis, Guangzhou is home to both gleaming towers and leafy alleys. Its history as a strategic trade port to the South China Sea has afforded it a colonial background and culturally diverse population that combine to give Guangzhou a cosmopolitan flair.

Guangzhou is often called "The City of Flowers" because flowers here blossom all year round. The city enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate. It enjoys plenty of rainfall and evergreen in four seasons. The average temperature is 22.8 centigrade; the average relative humidity is about 68%. Its location on the Pearl River and proximity to Hong Kong has made Guangzhou a strategic port for centuries. Guangzhou hosts more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in China and the city is considered the home of traditional Cantonese food.

Guangzhou is also a safe city for visitors. According to the 2016 China Crime & Safety Report, issued by the U.S. Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Guangzhou’s ratings for crime, terrorism, and political violence are all low indicating that Guangzhou is very safe.

For more information on Guangzhou, visit

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