Ph.D and Job Market Candidate 2017-18

I graduated from the Department of Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara in 2013. Right now, I am a research fellow at the Risk Management Institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Operations Lead of the NUS Credit Research Initiative.

The NUS Credit Research Initiative is a non-profit undertaking dedicated to advancing credit analytics and providing consultancy to private sector as well as multilateral organizations. At the Initiative, I conduct empirical research on default prediction, systemic risk, Islamic finance, and mergers & acquisitions. I lead the efforts in developing and nurturing its strategic partnerships with international organizations. I also supervise a team of 40 quantitative researchers and look after a credit rating infrastructure covering the universe of the exchange-listed corporates in the world. My research findings and consulting services have translated into "smart" data indices, which are distributed publicly with regular update, and "actionable" toolkits, which are frequently used by the International Monetary Fund and national central banks in their macro surveillance undertakings.

This year, I hope to land an economist or credit analyst position in a leading consulting company, financial institution or international organization. 

Here is my RESUME.

                                                                                 Publications and Press Coverage

                                                                       “Financial Network and Systemic Risk via Forward-Looking Default Correlations (with Jorge A. Chan-Lau, Chienmin Chuang, and Jin-Chuan Duan), IMF and National University                                                                            of Singapore working paper, 2017.                     

                                                                        “The Productivity of ReturnMigrants: The Case of China's ‘Sea Turtles’ ”, IZA Journal of Migration 2013, 2:5. 

                                                                        Does Industry AffiliationInfluence Wages? Evidence from Indonesia and the Asian Financial Crisis” (with Aashish Mehta), World Development, 2013, Vol. 51, pp.47-61. 

                                                              Chinese Students Struggle for Returns on Education in U.S.” (edited by Emmeline Zhao), The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2013.