The Inaugural NBER-SAIF Conference

The Inaugural NBER-SAIF Conference

"Retirement Security: Public and Private Pensions"

June 29-30, 2018
Shanghai, China

Call for Papers

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University are pleased to announce the NBER-SAIF Conference Series. This bi-annual series of conferences is designed to build a broader research community on the economics of public policies, with particular reference to policies that bear on financial markets, and to share rigorous, current research by leading international scholars and policy experts. The conference series will enhance research and policy understanding on key policy issues, and it will promote research on economic policy issues that are of interest in both China and the United States.


The inaugural NBER-SAIF Conference will be held on June 29-30, 2018, in Shanghai, China, on the theme of “Retirement Security: Public and Private Pensions.” The conference program will consist of both invited presentations and contributed papers. Participants from the NBER will include Alan Auerbach (University of California), Martin Feldstein (Harvard University), Olivia Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania), and James Poterba (MIT), as well as other leading scholars. Academic researchers, policy makers and industry practitioners from China and elsewhere are expected to attend the conference.


Submissions are welcome on topics related to the conference theme. These topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • social security and the retirement financial gap
  • pension reform and its consequences
  • policies for encouraging participation in pension schemes
  • wealth management and pension sufficiency
  • technological advances and retirement security


The conference will be organized by Hong Yan (SAIF) and James Poterba (NBER). For each accepted paper, the conference will cover the necessary cost of travel and accommodation for one presenter. Submissions in PDF form should be sent to as soon as possible, but no later than Sunday, March 18, 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by April 15, 2018. Inquiries may be directed to The conference will emphasize empirical research, but applied theoretical studies will also be considered. Submissions from junior scholars and from under-represented minority groups are welcome. We look forward to receiving your submissions.