The sixteenth World Congress of the International Economic Association took place in Beijing, China, on July 4 - 8, 2011, hosted by the Singhua University .
"Since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, a refreshed search for viable and sustainable order of the world economy have been discussed by economists as well as by policy-makers. It is widely recognized that the institutional form, developmental stage, and growth of countries' economies are evolving in diverse ways. At the same time, countries face common challenges such as increasing globalization of economic activity, environmental and energy concerns, demographic dynamics, and the disparity of income and wealth. Investigating these issues and their potential solutions may require a wider range of approaches - not only traditional models of individual rationality, but also the re-examination of social values, comparative, institutional and historical analyses, experimental and empirical studies, interdisciplinary dialogue, and other innovative methods. Dynamic China will be an appropriate place for economists from all over the world to gather and discuss these important theoretical, empirical and policy issues from a global perspective."
The unifying theme of the conference was "Approaches to the Evolving World Economy":