Our Institute for New Economic Thinking grant team
Frontiers of Finance in China was started out of a shared research project on financial innovation and central banking in China, started by Luke Deer, Mike Beggs, Chris Jefferis and Yu Yuxin. Christopher Aston has also contributed to research on this project.
The first phase of our research project has been funded by a 2015 Grant from The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
Details of our grant team are below
Dr. Luke Deer is a Research Affiliate with the Department of Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney and a Research Associate with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and with the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Luke researches financial innovation in China with a focus on the role of alternative finance in China’s transition. Luke has conducted primary research on micro-lending in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China and he is a co-author of two recent industry reports on online peer-to-peer financing in China. Luke has published with Associate Professor Ligang Song on China’s macro payments “imbalances” and on China’s international financial adjustment pressures in the journal China and World Economy.
Dr. Mike Beggs is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at The University of Sydney. His book, Inflation and the Making of Macroeconomic Policy in Australia was published by Palgrave in 2015. His research focuses on the the historical co-evolution of financial innovation, monetary policy and macroeconomic theory. He has written papers on the history of Australian monetary policy, most recently one in Australian Economic History Review on central banking and financial innovation in the 1950s. He teaches advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the political economy of money and finance.
Dr. Chris Jefferis is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Free University of Berlin. His book, The Dialectics of Liquidity Crisis: an interpretation of explanations of the financial crisis of 2007-08, which is an analysis of the application of Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis to the crisis, was published by Routledge in 2017. In 2006 he worked on a research project with Professor Frank Stilwell on securitization and financial instability in Australia and was the lead author of a case study looking at the Australian investment bank Macquarie Bank. This article titled “Private finance for public infrastructure: the case of Macquarie Bank” was published in the Journal of Australian Political Economy. He has also published articles about finance in the South Atlantic Quarterly in a joint publication with Professor Dick Bryan and Dr. Mike Rafferty and the Journal of Cultural Economy. Chris will contribute research to this project mapping out the money flows in China’s derivative and securitization markets and to analysis of liquidity dynamics.
Yu Yuxin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics and Finance at Shanghai International Studies University. His research areas are financial markets, China’s macro-economy, financial innovation, and applications of big data. Yuxin is particularly interested in research on internet finance in China. He teaches courses on macroeconomics, the world economy, industrial economics, enterprise strategy management. He has been a visiting researcher at Fudan University in Shanghai and a Visiting Scholar at Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) in the United States.
Christopher Aston is a freelance writer and researcher on China’s economy. His research focuses on alternative finance in China, and he has experience working in a Chinese ‘shadow’ bank and in an international investment bank. Christopher is also a freelance contributor for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and author of the blog chiecon, which translates materials on China’s economy. A University of Liverpool MSc. Finance holder, he will contribute to this project mapping out capital market development and ‘shadow’ banking in China.
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