Shang-Jin Wei

Education Background:Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests:International Finance and Macroeconomics, International Trade, and Economic Development

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Selected Publications

Prof. Shang-Jin Wei, Academic Visiting Professor of Finance and Economics at Fanhai International School of Finance (FISF), and Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University. He also serves as the Director of Chinese Economy Working Group at National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER, a world-renowned economic research alliance and academic think tank) and Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He previously held the positions of Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, Assistant Director and Chief of Trade and Investment Division at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Advisor at the World Bank (WB).

Prof. Wei was recently awarded the 2020 Sun Yefang Prize in Economic Science. He is also a recipient of the 2019 Contemporary Economics Prize, the 2014 Sun Yefang Prize in Economics, the 2014 Zhang Peigang Prize in Development Economics Research, the 2016 and 2020 Pushan Prizes for Excellence in Research on the World Economy, Peak Award in the 2020-2021 Digital Finance Research Competition, and the Ann Tse Kai (An Zijie) Research Prize on International Trade.

Prof. Wei’s research has been published in top academic journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of International Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of International Money and Finance, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, etc.

Many of Prof. Wei’s research papers are highly influential with a high citation count. The total Google Scholar citation count of Professor Wei's research by July 2021 was 52254. 42 of his papers have a citation count exceeding 400, 14 exceeding 800, and 4 exceeding 2000. By RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), a globally renowned economics research database, Prof. Wei has been ranked number one  among Chinese economists worldwide.

Professor Wei has been a co-editor of Journal of Development Economics, an associate editor of Journal of International Economics, and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and an advisory board member of The China Economic Review.

Professor Wei is the founding Director of NBER Chinese Economy Working Group. He has co-organized NBER-CCER Annual Conference (National Bureau of Economic Research - China Center for Economic Research of Peking University) for 23 years.

Professor Wei has trained many students in his career. His doctoral graduates are working in universities, think tanks, international organizations, governments  and financial industries in China, the United States, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Europe and other places.

(Updated by August 2021)

  • Measuring the Role of MNEs and Decomposition and Tracing MNEs' Value-added in GVCs, Kunfu Zhu, Xinding Yu, Shang-Jin Wei and Zhi Wang, Economic Research Journal, 2022, Volume 57, No. 3 Page 136-154.
  • Global Value Chains over Business Cycles, Zhi Wang, Shang-Jin Wei, Xinding Yu and Kunfu Zhu, Journal of International Money and Finance, forthcoming.
  • Xuepeng Liu, Heiwai Tang, Zhi Wang and Shang-Jin Wei, Currency Carry Trade by Trucks: The Curious Case of China's Massive Imports from Itself,  Review of Finance, 2022, forthcoming.
  • Hui Tong and Shang-Jin Wei, Endogenous corporate leverage response to a safer macro environment: The case of foreign exchange reserve accumulation, Journal of International Economics, 2021, Volume 132, 103499.
  • Zhibo Tan, Shang-Jin Wei, Xiaobo Zhang, Deadly Discrimination: Implications of “Missing Girls” for Workplace Safety, Journal of Development Economics, 2021, Volume 152, 102678.
  • Jiandong Ju, Kang Shi, and Shang-Jin Wei, Trade Reforms and Current Account Imbalances, Journal of International Economics, 2021, Volume 131, 103451.
  • Shang-Jin Wei, and Yinxi Xie, Monetary Policy in an Era of Global Supply Chains, Journal of International Economics, 2020, Volume 124, 103299.
  • Xuepeng Liu, Aaditya Mattoo, Zhi Wang, and Shang-Jin Wei, Services Development and Comparative Advantage in Manufacturing, Journal of Development Economics, 2020, Volume 144, 102438.
  • Hui Tong, and Shang-Jin Wei, Did Unconventional Interventions Unfreeze the Credit Market?, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2020, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 284-309.
  • Nikhil Patel, Zhi Wang, and Shang-Jin Wei, Global value chains and effective exchange rates at the country-sector level, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2019, Volume 51, Issue S1, Pages 7-42.
  • Xuehui Han, and Shang-Jin Wei, International Transmissions of Monetary Shocks: Between a Trilemma and a Dilemma, Journal of International Economics, 2018, Volume 110, Pages 205-219.
  • Yongheng Deng, Xin Liu, and Shang-Jin Wei, One Fundamental and Two Taxes: When Does a Tobin Tax Reduce Financial Price Volatility?, Journal of Financial Economics, 2018, Volume 130, Pages 663-692.