Formally established in August 1995, the CED promotes research concentrating on the study of economic growth and development, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Emphasis is given to the study of topics such as China's economic reform, international economics, global value chain, science and technology policy, the International Monetary System and Internationalization of renminbi, capital account liberalization of China, financial sector liberalization and reform in China, state-owned enterprises reform in China and the Belt and Road Initiative. The CED also supports research related to public economic policies in Hong Kong.
The CED is dedicated to supporting rigorous research activities related to the theory and practice of economic growth and development. It promotes applied research that is reflective of contemporary economic theory and state-of-the-art empirical methodology.
The CED is particularly interested in supporting research in the following areas: