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Dr. Chi-Wa YUEN


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Upon receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago, Chi-Wa Yuen joined the then newly-founded Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1991.  He moved to the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 1995.  During his professional leave from HKU, he has served as visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, visiting associate professor at the University of Chicago and HKUST, and visiting professor at Wuhan University and Peking University.

Chi-Wa's early research fell into the areas of economic growth, international finance, and macroeconomic policy.  Under the supervision of Robert Lucas, he wrote his doctoral thesis on the optimal design of income taxation in a human-capital-based growth context.  With Assaf Razin (his closest coauthor), Chi-Wa has examined the interconnection among factor mobility, international taxation, growth, and crises.  Through Assaf's connection, he has conducted joint work with Efraim Sadka, Jacob Frenkel, and Prakash Loungani on related issues.  Besides, Chi-Wa has collaborated with Isaac Ehrlich on growth and inequality, and with Danyang Xie on financial crisis.  His current research includes worldviews and altruistic behavior (with Masao Ogaki) and mental-health economics.

Areas of Interest

  • Health Economics
  • Macroeconomics


  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago
  • B.Soc.Sc., University of Hong Kong

Selected Publications

  • “Keynesian Economics,”
    in Fathali M. Moghaddam (ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior, forthcoming.
  • “Yet Another Long-Run Neutrality Result: Absence of Tax-Induced Growth Effects under Implicit Intergenerational Contracts,”
    Economics Letters 95 (April 2007), pp. 25-31.
  • "The New Keynesian Phillips Curve: Closed Economy vs. Open Economy"
    (with Assaf Razin), Economics Letters 75 (March 2002), pp. 1-9.
  • "A Pecking Order of Capital Inflows and International Tax Principles"
    (with Assaf Razin and Efraim Sadka), Journal of International Economics 44 (February 1998), pp. 45-68.
  • "Capital Income Taxation and Long Run Growth: New Perspectives"
    (with Assaf Razin), Journal of Public Economics 59 (February 1996): pp. 239-263.
  • Fiscal Policies and Growth in the World Economy, Third Edition
    (with Jacob Frenkel and Assaf Razin), MIT Press, 1996.  [Chinese translation by Qingwang Guo and Qian Liu, Economic Science Publisher, China, 2005.]


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