Jacob Schumacher / Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Period of visit: 27.8.–21.9.2018

 

 

Frank Westermann / Universität Osnabrück, Germany

Period of visit: 10.9.–21.9.2018

Frank Westermann is Professor of International Economic Policy and Director of the Institute of Empirical Economic Research, at Osnabrück University in Germany. Furthermore, he is a Research Professor at the ifo Institute in Munich and CESifo Research Fellow. Professor Westermann obtained a Ph.D. in International Economics in 1998 at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Habilitation in economics from the University of Munich in 2004. His research interests include international economics and development finance, most recently with a focus on China. He has published in leading academic and policy journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and IMF Staff Papers. Jointly, with Aaron Tornell, he is author of Boom-Bust Cycles and Financial Liberalization, MIT Press. Since 2013 he is an editorial board member of the Journal of International Money and Finance.

 

Le Xia / BBVA Hong Kong, China

Period of visit: 24.9.–5.10.2018

Dr. Le Xia is Chief Economist for Asia at BBVA Research Department. He also serves as a research fellow in International Monetary Institute at Renmin University of China. Prior to joining BBVA Research team, Dr. Xia worked for the Treasury Department of Bank of China (Hong Kong). Dr. Xia has extensive interest in economic research, in particular for monetary policy and banking sectors in emerging economies. He has published his works in both academic journals and the international media, including Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and China Daily. He obtained his PhD from the University of Hong Kong and a master degree from Renmin University of China.

 

Bao H. Nguyen / Australian National University, Australia

Period of visit: 24.9.–19.10.2018

Bao Nguyen is a lecturer in Economics from the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU). Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) as part of the ANU-UPNG partnership. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at the Australian National University. His current research focuses on the relationship between energy and commodity price dynamics and macroeconomic performance on various economies (Australian, Chinese and the US). Prior to joining ANU, he worked as a lecturer at University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city (UEH) and Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Vietnam. He received his PhD from ANU and he has publications on Economic Record and Energy Economics.

 

Andriy Tsapin / National Bank of Ukraine, Ukraine

Period of visit: 22.10.–16.11.2018

Andriy Tsapin is Deputy Head of the Research Unit of the Monetary Policy and Economic Analysis Department, the National Bank of Ukraine. Andriy earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Viadrina in 2009. His research interests include empirical corporate finance, banking, and emerging market issues, with a particular focus on big data analytics. His works have been published in specialized academic journals, namely the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Economic Systems, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade and others.

 

Laurent Weill / University of Strasbourg, France

Period of visit: 24.10.–7.11.2018

Laurent Weill is Full Professor of Economics at University of Strasbourg (France). He is the Director of the research centre in finance (LaRGE) of University of Strasbourg. His research focuses on banking, corporate finance and political economy with a particular interest for emerging economies (China, Russia, Islamic finance). He has published more than 90 papers in journals, among others World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Financial Stability, European Financial Management, China Economic Review and International Review of Law and Economics. He has been Research Fellow and visiting researcher at Bank of Finland (BOFIT). He has worked on research projects with Banque de France, the Czech National Bank and National Bank of Poland. He was visiting researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is visiting professor in Charles University in Prague, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and MGIMO University in Moscow.

 

Dmitri Trifonov / Higher School of Economics, Russia

Period of visit: 19.11.–14.12.2018

Dmitri Trifonov is a PhD student of the 3rd year at Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He researches the problem of political connections in the Russian corporate environment, having working experience of programmer and counselor in financial and tax accounting as his background. To account for Russian corporate political connections thoroughly, Dmitri developed an original system of accounting basing on his own software, while working as a research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He also elaborated the empirical side of his research there, and is aimed to finish this part of his investigations at BOFIT.

 

Yulia V. Vymyatnina / European University at St. Petersburg, Russia

Period of visit: 26.11.–14.12.2018

 

 

Bing Xu / Bank of Spain, Spain

Period of visit: 7.1.–1.2.2019

 

Chengsi Zhang / Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

Period of visit: 15.1.–9.2.2018

Chengsi Zhang is a Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor of Finance and the head of the Department of Money and Finance at School of Finance, Renmin University of China. He is also an executive editor of Economic and Political Studies (published by Taylor & Francis). He obtained his PH.D in Economics from the University of Manchester in 2006. He had a visiting professorship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong during 2008-2009. His research interests cover money and finance, banking and finance, and applied financial time series analysis. He has published numerous articles in Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Journal of Central Banking, International Review of Economics & Finance, and Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics, among many other academic journals. 

 

Erdenebat Bataa / National University of Mongolia, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia

Period of visit: 15.1.–9.2.2018

Erdenebat Bataa is Professor of Economics at the National University of Mongolia. He also currently serves on the Monetary Policy Board of Mongolia as an external member. Before returning to Mongolia in 2010 he was Senior Research Associate at the Department of Economics of the Lancaster University Management School, and earlier ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester. During the academic year of 2015-2016 he held a visiting professorship at the Korea University. His research has been published in such journals as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Energy Economics.

 

Sanna Kurronen / Nordea Bank, Helsinki, Finland

Period of visit: 12.2.– 9.3.2018

Sanna Kurronen is a post-doctoral researcher, who obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Helsinki in 2017. She has also a decade long experience as a financial markets analyst in commercial banking. Her research interests include financial economics, development economics and energy economics. Sanna has publications in Emerging Markets Review and Economic Systems.

 

Eric Girardin / Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Period of visit: 19.2 –2.3.2018

ERIC GIRARDIN is Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille University and researcher at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France). He studied at Universities of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Cambridge. His research, mostly focused on macroeconomic, monetary and financial issues in China, was published in Journal of Development Economics, China Economic Review, Economic Modelling, Empirical Economics, Energy Journal, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. He was the longest-serving member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute (2004-2012) and has held visiting positions at the Bank for International Settlements (Asia-Pacific), Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, BOFIT, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), People's Bank of China Graduate School (Beijing), as well as at Fudan (Shanghai), Birmingham and Berkeley universities. 

 

Elena Sudyko / Evry University, Marseille, France 

Period of visit: 19.2.–2.3.2018

Elena Sudyko is a third year PhD student in Evry University (France). Her field of research interests is financial dollarization, especially for the case of Russia. She also hold a Ph.D in the «Mathematical methods, numerical modeling and complex of programs» program from Tomsk State University, Russia, in the department of Theory of Probabilities and Mathematical Statistics (2008-2011). She has an experience in banking risk management and worked as quantitative analyst for over 2 years.

 

Yanrui Wu / University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

Period of visit: 5.3.–29.3.2018

Yanrui Wu is currently Professor and Head of Economics, Business School, University of Western Australia. He specializes in development economics (Chinese economy), energy and environment, and applied econometrics. His research interests include the Asian economies (particularly China, India and Indonesia), productivity analysis, economic growth, resource and environmental economics. He has published extensively in these fields. He is the author of several sole-authored books such as Productive Performance in Chinese Enterprises (Macmillan, 1996), China’s Consumer Revolution (Edward Elgar Publishing, 1999), The Macroeconomics of East Asian Growth (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2002), China’s Economic Growth (Routledge, 2004), Productivity, Efficiency and Economic Growth in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Understanding Economic Growth in China and India (World Scientific Publishing, 2012). Prof Wu is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies (Routledge, UK), China Agricultural Economic Review (Emerald, UK) and East Asian Policy (National University of Singapore). He is also the General Editor of Advances in Chinese Economic Studies book series published by Edward Elgar Publishers, UK. His teaching interests include international economics, business econometrics and development economics.

 

Cristiano Perugini / University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

Period of visit: 3.4.–27.4.2018

Cristiano Perugini (born 16.08.1972) is currently employed as Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Perugia, where he carries out research and teaching activities. He has recently (December 2012) attained the habilitation for Full Professor in Economic Policy and Public Economics and is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration. After having attended the Faculty of Economics of the University of Perugia, in 2002 he obtained a PhD at the University of Naples Federico II and at the University of Siena. He has been working as Assistant Professor (2007-2012) and Post-Doc Fellow (2002-2006) at the Department of Economics, Finance and Statistics, University of Perugia. As a visiting fellow he worked in research institutions in Tokyo, Moscow, Belgrade, Regensburg and Brighton.
His main current research areas include regional development disparities patterns and determinants, transition dynamics and effects on inequality and labour markets, local development, regional labour markets, income distribution dynamics at country and regional level.
He has been leading international projects such as the EU J. Monnet Research and Information project INEQ and the EU J. Monnet Chair SWING. He is currently one of the Project Manager of the Centre of Excellence Rights & Science, financed in the framework of the EACEA J. Monnet Activities.
Since 2002 he has been teaching Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, Environmental Economics, Emerging Markets, Economic Analysis of Inequality.
Since 2015 he is the director of the Phd program in Economics at the University of Perugia. 

 

Jun Wu / Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Period of visit: 3.4.–27.4.2018

Jun Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in The Department of Economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with expected graduation date in June 2018. For the academic year 2015-2016 Jun Wu was a visiting scholar in Economics at the University of Chicago. His research areas are development economics and the economics of innovation. His current topics of interest include the real effects of bank branch expansion, optimal IPRs design for developing countries.

 

Carsten Sprenger / New Economic School, Moscow, Russia

Period of visit: 2.5.–25.5.2018

Carsten Sprenger is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the New Economic School in Moscow. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the International College of Economics and Finance and Head of the International Laboratory in Financial Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He received his PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. His research interests span the areas of Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Credit Risk, and Real Estate Markets. In particular, he is interested in ownership structure of companies and its effect on their decisions and performance, in privatization and nationalization in emerging market economies. Carsten has published in the Journal of Comparative Economics, Economic Annals and the Journal of the New Economic Association. 

 

Ekaterina Borisova / Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Period of visit: 2.5.–25.5.2018

Ekaterina Borisova is the Deputy Director at the Higher School of Economics International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development in Moscow, established in cooperation with Columbia University. She also holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the Higher School of Economics and is a guest lecturer at the Moscow State University. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from the Higher School of Economics. Her main research field is political economy of development with a focus on social capital and culture. Her research is mostly empirical, making use of surveys and field experiments. Ekaterina’s teaching interests include Institutional Economics and the Economics of Social Capital and Culture. Ekaterina has published in the Journal of Comparative Economics and Post-Soviet Affairs, as well as in the leading Russian journals, and her research also appeared in the well-known Russian mass-media like Vedomosti and Republic.ru.  

 

Michael Funke / Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany

Period of visit: 14.5.–25.5.2018

Professor Michael Funke joined the Economics Department of the Humboldt-University in Berlin as an Associate Professor of Economics in the early 1990s. In 1995 he was appointed as a Chair Professor for Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economic Policy in the Department of Economics of Hamburg University.

Professor Funke was chairman of the Standing Committee on Macroeconomics of the German Economics Association from 2010-2014. He is a CESifo Fellow, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

He has published numerous papers focused on economic growth, business cycles, and monetary theory and policy with an Asian focus. For the last decade he has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, the Bank of Finland Monetary Policy and Research Department, and the Bank for International Settlements. His research interests include macroeconomics, applied econometrics, and climate research, and he is a Principal Investigator for the Cluster of Excellence Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP).

 

Nigel Gould-Davies / Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom,Thailand

Period of visit: 28.5.–21.6.2018

Nigel teaches at Mahidol University International College in Thailand and is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. He received his Ph.D. in from Harvard, and taught at Oxford before joining the British Foreign Office, where his positions included Head of Economics at the Moscow Embassy and Ambassador to Belarus. He later worked in the energy industry in Central and Southeast Asia. His main research interests focus on Russian domestic and foreign policy and international political economy. He has published several articles on international relations and post-Soviet politics.

 

Steven Nafziger / Williams College, Williamstown, USA

Period of visit: 29.5.–15.6.2018

Steven Nafziger is an Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Affiliate in History at Williams College in the United States. He received his PhD from Yale University and has held visiting and teaching positions at CalTech and Harvard University. An economic historian, his work touches on a variety of applied microeconomic topics in the industrial and institutional development of late Imperial Russia, with a particular interest in the economic consequences of serf emancipation and in the financing and governance of the early corporate sector. His recent research has been published in the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Economic History, the European Review of Economic History, and various other outlets.

 

Yongzhen Liu / Renmin University of China, Beijing, China

Period of visit: 30.7.–24.8.2018

Yongzheng Liu is an Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Finance at Renmin University of China and an affiliate of the International Center for Public Policy at Georgia State University. His primary research interests lie in the fields of Public Economics, Development Economics, and the Chinese Economy. His work has been published in many academic journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Public Choice, Journal of Housing Economics, and others. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Georgia State University in 2013. 

 

Laurent Weill / University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

Period of visit: 13.8.–24.8.2018

 
   

Denis Davydov / University of Vaasa, Finland

Period of visit: 28.8.–22.9.2017

Denis Davydov is an Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting at the University of Vaasa (Finland). He got a Ph.D. from the University of Vaasa in 2014. His main research interests are in financial institutions and corporate financial decision-making with a particular emphasis on capital and ownership structures, bank-firm relationships, performance and behavior of banks. Denis is focusing more on emerging markets and his work includes papers published in Emerging Markets Review, Journal of Emerging Market Finance, and International Review of Financial Analysis.

 

Stefan Angrick / Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo

Period of visit: 9.10.–3.11.2017

Stefan is a Research Associate at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, where he specialises in the analysis of central banking and its political economic aspects. He has worked and studied at Leipzig University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Keio University, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. His research has been presented at leading international policy and academic institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Meiji University, and KDI School, and published in peer-reviewed journals. He holds a PhD from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

 

Alin Andries / Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania

Period of visit: 23.10.–17.11.2017

Alin Andries is Associate Professor at Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania. Previously, he was a Go8 Senior Research Fellow at School of Banking and Finance, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a SCIEX Senior Research Fellow at Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance s/bf-HSG, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His research interests are focused on financial intermediation, corporate governance, bank stability and competition, and empirical finance. He has published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Economics Letters, Economics of Transition, Economic Modelling and International Business Review, among other journals. His recent works investigate the impact of international swap lines on bank performance and to what extent risk management and corporate governance mitigate the involvement of banks in credit boom and bust cycles in transition countries.

 

Yabin Wang / Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA

Period of visit: 6.11.–1.12.2017

Yabin Wang is currently a Research Fellow in the Division of Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from University of California Santa Cruz in 2015. Before joining NYUAD, she was a visiting assistant professor at Williams College in Massachusetts and research associate at Purdue University in Indiana. Yabin's research focuses on business cycles and uncertainty shocks in emerging markets, economic uncertainty and international capital flows, and durable consumption and home production in China.

 

Ivan Lyubimov / Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, Moscow

Period of visit: 21.11–15.12.2017

Ivan Lyubimov is currently a senior research fellow at Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy. He is also a senior researcher at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. Ivan obtained his PhD degree at Tinbergen Institute in 2014. His main research interests belong to the field of applied economic growth and development. His papers are published in the Journal of the New Economic Association, HSE Economic Journal, etc. His current projects are focused on economic complexity and export diversification of Russian regions, growth diagnostics in Russia and the effect of human capital accumulation on economic growth. Ivan also writes opinion pieces about Russian economy and politics for Forbes.ru, Vedomosti, Republic.ru, etc.

 

Ivan Khotulev / Central Bank of Russia, Moscow

Period of visit: 4.–15.12.2017

Ivan Khotulev is a Consultant in the Research and Forecasting Department at the Bank of Russia. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics-mathematics magna cum laude in 2003, a Master of Arts in Economics in 2005, a Master of Philosophy in Economics in 2006, and a Master of Science in Financial Engineering in 2013, all from Columbia University in New York, US. Prior to joining the Bank of Russia in Moscow in 2017, he worked in New York at Deutsche Bank in 2010-2012 and at Santander Bank in 2014-2016. Ivan's current research focuses on optimal monetary, fiscal, and macroprudential policies in commodity-exporting economies.

 

Chengsi Zhang / Renmin University of China

Period of visit: 15.1.–9.2.2018

 

Paul-Olivier Klein / University of Strasbourg, France

Period of visit: 3.–31.1.2017

Paul-Olivier Klein is a PhD Candidate in Finance at the LaRGE Reseach Center, University of Strasbourg, France. He specialized in corporate finance with research interests covering bond markets, and emerging market issues. He has a particular interest for Chinese bond market and the development of Islamic finance in emerging countries. He holds a Master Degree in corporate finance from the University of Strasbourg.

Xian Gu / Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing

Period of visit: 16.1.–3.2.2017

Xian Gu is an Assistant Professor at School of Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics in China. She obtained her Ph.D. from Beijing Normal University in 2012 and was also a visiting Ph.D. student at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania from 2010-2011. After her Ph.D., she also did her post-doc at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interests are in banking and corporate finance. She has published in refereed journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance as well as in books such as the Oxford Handbook of Banking, Foundation and Trends in Finance, etc. She also served as an economist at the Research Dept. of CITIC Securities from 2012-2013.

 

Xiaobo Zhang / Peking University

Period of visit: 1.–28.2.2017

Xiaobo Zhang is a chair professor of economics at the National School of Development, Peking University, and senior research fellow of International Food Policy Research Institute. His research fields include Chinese economy and development economics. He has published widely in top economics journals, such as Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economics Perspective, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Public Economics. His recent books include Governing Rapid Growth in China: Equity and Institutions (2009), Regional Inequality in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Responses (2009), Narratives of Chinese Economic Reforms: How Does China Cross the River? (2010), and Oxford Companion to the Economics of China (2014). He is a Co-Chief-editor of China Economic Review (from 2017). He received Sun Yefang Prize for Economics Research in China (the most prestigious award in the field of economics in China).

 

Jianpo Xue / Renmin University of China

Period of visit: 6.2.–3.3.2017

Jianpo Xue is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department of Public Finance at School of Finance, Renmin University of China. He got a Ph.D. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 and worked as a Research Associate there before joined Renmin University of China in 2010. His main research interests are in macroeconomics with the focus on economic growth, monetary theory and policy, taxation, and Chinese economy. His research has been published in the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Economics Letters, and Journal of Mathematical Economics, etc.

 

Dmitry Rudenko / Tyumen State University, Russia

Period of visit: 6.–31.3.2017

Dmitry Rudenko is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director for Research at the Institute of Finance and Economics, Tyumen State University in Western Siberia of Russia. Dmitry obtained his Candidate of Economic Science Degree (PhD) from Institute of Regional Economics of RAS, Saint-Petersburg in 2009. His research interests include poverty and inequality issues, spatial development. His papers have appeared in Regional Research of Russia, International Journal of Business and Globalisation.

 

​Kadri Männasoo / Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Period of visit: 6.–31.3.2017

Kadri Männasoo is a Professor and Head of the Department of Economics and Finance at Tallinn University of Technology.  She is an applied empirical economist with research interests in the micro-level implications of companies and banks performance and risk-taking in the context of macroeconomic cycles. The current research agenda relates to companies investment patterns and their implications to productivity.  She is participating in an on-going Estonian Research Council grant project on issues of absorptive capacity, human capital, knowledge and technology adoption in fostering productivity and sustainable economic growth in comparative context of European regions. She is one of the leaders of the Horizon2020 project “Institutions for Knowledge Intensive Development: Economic and Regulatory Aspects in South-East Asian Transition Economies”, led by Tallinn University of Technology in collaboration with the University of Lausanne and three South-East Asian universities. She has been a visiting researcher at the Bank of Estonia and a visiting fellow at Hamburg University.

Mika Nieminen / University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Period of visit: 3.–28.4.2017

Mika Nieminen is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). His doctoral dissertation ”Essays on Current Account Imbalances” is currently under pre-examination. For the academic year 2014-2015 Mika Nieminen was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York. His research has focused on the fields of international finance and international macroeconomics (especially global current account imbalances and international capital flows).

Olga Demidova / Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Period of visit: 18.4.–12.5.2017

Olga Demidova is an Associate Professor at the National Research University  Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow. She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University  and obtained her Ph.D in Mathematics from Russian Academy of Sciences Computation Center in 1995. She also received her Master’s degrees in Economics from HSE jointly with Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1999. Her main research interests are in applied microeconometrics, spatial econometrics, comparative economic studies. Her research has been published in Economic Systems, Eastern European Economics, International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics , International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, International Journal of Public Administration, China-USA Business Review. Olga is also a Lecturer on Econometrics at Faculty of Economic Sciences and Academic Director of Doctoral School of Economics in HSE.

​Yan Zhang / Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo

Period of visit: 2.–26.5.2017

Dr. Yan Zhang is currently a research project consultant with the Asian Development Bank Institute’s (ADBI) Research Department, Tokyo, Japan. Previously, she worked as a research associate and contributed to several notable projects in ADBI including Financial Inclusion and Financial Stability; ASEAN, PRC, and India: the great transformation; and Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia. Her areas of research interests are Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Urban Economics and Income Inequality. Her works have been published on several academic journals, including Applied Economics, Finance Research Letters, Singapore Economic Review and Economics Bulletin. She holds a MS in management from Fudan University in China and a PhD in Public Economics from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan.

​Hamza Bennani / Université Paris Nanterre

Period of visit: 8.5.–2.6.2017

Hamza Bennani is an Assistant Professor at the Université Paris Nanterre (EconomiX - CNRS). He obtained his PhD at the Université de Lille in 2014. His fields of specialization is the political economy of central banking, more specifically, central bank's communication policy and central bank's decision-making process. He was invited as a speaker and as a visiting scholar in many central banks (the Bank of England, De Nederlandsche Bank, the Bank of Slovakia, the National Bank of Poland...) and has published in journals such as Applied Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy or International Economics.

Chun-Yu Ho / University at Albany, SUNY, USA

Period of visit: 29.5.–22.6.2017

Chun-Yu Ho earned his PhD in economics from Boston University and his MPhil in economics and BSc in economics and finance from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before joining University at Albany SUNY, he was a faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He also held visiting positions at Bank of Finland (Institute for Economies in Transition), Hong Kong Institute of Monetary Research and the Chinese Universit of Hong Kong. His research interests include empirical industrial organization, economic development, and applied econometrics. He published papers in various peer-reviewed journals including International Economic Review, Journal of Econometrics, International Journal of Industrial Organization and Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. He is an associate editor of Singapore Economic Review and reviewed for various journals.

 

​​Michael Funke / Hamburg University, Germany

Period of visit: 5.–16.6.2017

Professor Michael Funke joined the Economics Department of the Humboldt-University in Berlin as an Associate Professor of Economics in the early 1990s. In 1995 he was appointed as a Chair Professor for Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economic Policy in the Department of Economics of Hamburg University. Professor Funke was chairman of the Standing Committee on Macroeconomics of the German Economics Association from 2010-2014. He is a CESifo Fellow, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy, and Associate Editor of the journal Economic Modelling. He has published numerous papers focused on economic growth, business cycles, and monetary theory and policy with an Asian focus. For the last decade he has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, the Bank of Finland Research Department, and the Bank for International Settlements. His research interests include macroeconomics, applied econometrics, and climate research, and he is a Principal Investigator for the Cluster of Excellence Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP).

 

​Marlene Amstad / The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Period of visit: 5.–16.6.2017

Marlene Amstad is Professor of Practice in Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-SZ), a Member of the Board of Directors at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and Research Fellow at the Fed New York. Marlene acted as Deputy Director and Head of Investment Strategy and Financial Market Analysis at the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and worked as a Regional Adviser with 11 leading Asian central banks at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) based in Hong Kong. Her research fields focus on inflation, credit and business cycles. She published in refereed and policy oriented journals such as Journal of International Money and Finance, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Economic Policy Review of the Fed New York, BIS Quarterly Review. Marlene Amstad specialized in the development of economic indicators for policy makers and investors. At the Federal Reserve Bank of New York she developed the “Fed New York staff underlying inflation gauge (UIG)”. Later, she introduced a similar gauge for China in joint work with People’s Bank of China. Previously she built quantitative credit risk models at Credit Suisse and developed business cycle indicators at KOF-Swiss Economic Institute. At CUHK-SZ she currently conducts research and teaches Money and Banking from the classic textbook to the recent developments in Fintech with an emphasis on rating agencies, financial market infrastructure and China.

 

​Kiril Tochkov / Texas Christian University

Period of visit: 17.7.–11.8.2017

Kiril Tochkov is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, USA.  He studied Chinese and Economics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Tochkov’s research focuses on regional growth and convergence, fiscal decentralization, trade and regional integration. He is particularly interested in the economies of China and Russia. In 2014, Dr. Tochkov was a Yegor Gaidar Fellow of the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF) and a Visiting Scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Khabarovsk, where he studied the trade between China and Russia’s Far East.

Christa Hainz / Ifo Institute, Munich

Period of visit: 31.7.–25.8.2017

Christa Hainz is Senior Researcher and Deputy Head of the Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research. She was assistant professor at the University of Munich and guest professor at the University of Augsburg. Christa’s research focuses on banking, corporate finance and institutions, in particular with respect to transition countries and emerging economies. Her work has been published e.g. in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Comparative Economics. She is a research fellow at CESifo and IOS Regensburg.

Laurent Weill / University of Strasbourg, France

Period of visit: 10.–24.8.2017

Laurent Weill is Full Professor of Economics at University of Strasbourg (France). He is the Director of the research centre in finance (LaRGE) of University of Strasbourg. His research focuses on banking, corporate finance and institutions with a particular interest for emerging economies (China, Russia, Islamic finance). He has published more than 80 papers in journals, among others World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Financial Stability, European Financial Management, China Economic Review and International Review of Law and Economics. He has given more than 150 presentations in European, Asian and US conferences and seminars. He has been Research Fellow and visiting researcher at Bank of Finland (BOFIT). He has worked on several research projects with the Czech National Bank. He was visiting researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles.