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Shang-Jin Wei

Shang-Jin Wei is the N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and School of International and Public Affairs. An expert on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China, he was chief economist of the Asian Development Bank and director general of the bank's Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department from 2014 through 2016. He is the director of the NBER's Working Group on the Chinese Economy and is affiliated with the programs in International Finance and Macroeconomics, International Trade and Investment, and Development Economics.

Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2007, Wei was assistant director and chief of the Trade and Investment Division at the International Monetary Fund. He has also been an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University and the New Century Chair in Trade and International Economics at the Brookings Institution. Wei holds an M.S. in finance and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Wei received the Sun Yefang Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Economics for his research on the competitive saving motive, the Zhang Peifang Prize for Contributions to the Economics of Development for his research on the measurement of global value chains, and the Chinese Economist Society’s Gregory Chow Award for best research paper.


1. S.-J. Wei and X. Zhang, "The Competitive Saving Motive: Evidence from Rising Sex Ratios and Savings Rates in China," NBER Working Paper 15093, June 2009, and Journal of Political Economy, 119(3), 2011, pages 511–64. Go to ⤴︎
2. Q. Du and S.-J. Wei, "A Sexually Unbalanced Model of Current Account Imbalances," NBER Working Paper  16000, May 2010; and "A Theory of the Competitive Saving Motive," NBER Working Paper 18911, March 2013, and Journal of International Economics, 91(2), 2013, pp. 275–89. Go to ⤴︎
3. Q. Du and S.-J. Wei, "A Darwinian Perspective on 'Exchange Rate Undervaluation'," NBER Working Paper 16788, February 2011, and European Economic Review, 83, 2016, pp.111–38.   Go to ⤴︎
4. S.-J. Wei, X. Zhang, and Y. Liu, "Status Competition and Housing Prices," NBER Working Paper 18000, April 2012, and published as "Home Ownership as Status Competition: Some Theory and Evidence," Journal of Development Economics, 127, 2017, pp. 169–86.   Go to ⤴︎
5. S.-J. Wei and X. Zhang, "Sex Ratios, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth in the People's Republic of China," NBER Working Paper 16800, February 2011. Go to ⤴︎

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