Our Faculty

Eugene Choo

Research Areas / Specialisations
Family Economics and Empirical Industrial Organisation. In previous work, he has developed models of aggregate marriage matching, and extended these framework to study at how bargaining power and intra-household allocation are affected by the marriage market. Current work focuses on the identification of counterfactuals in marriage matching models and network formation.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Economics
  • Econometrics

Francis Dennig

Research Areas / Specialisations
Public finance economist combining applied and theoretical methods to public policy questions. His past focus has been climate change: the epitome of a global commons problem. More recently, he has also been investigating how housing and education policies affect economic inequality. In
addition to this, he has also joined the behavioural trend, and is conducting empirical research to understand how intrinsic motivation can help public policy in providing the right incentives.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Political Economy
  • Introduction to Game Theory
  • Quantitative Reasoning

John Driffill

Research Areas / Specialisations
Macroeconomics and monetary policy. Professor Driffill has written recently on the effects of quantitative easing in the Euro zone, and theorized about the effects of liquidity crises on employment and incomes. He has written on questions of pressing concern to European economies, such as Banking Union, youth unemployment, labour market reform, migration, and the rise of populism. His research has examined the role of institutions in economic performance, and used game theory to model strategic aspects of economic policy.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry

Yu-Hsiang Lei

Research Areas / Specialisations
Political economy and development economics. He tries to understand how institutional or political factors shape economic outcomes, with particular regard to developing countries. His works including exploring the government-business connection in China and examining the effect of democratization on bureaucratic performance, and also studying the causes and preventions of internal armed conflicts.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Development Economics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics

Guillem Riambau

Research Areas / Specialisations
Political economy. His focus is on analysing how different electoral rules result in different strategies by political agents. He has also done some work in ethnic politics, fear in relation to voting, and the value of political connections. For instance, two of his recent papers assess (i) the extent to which voters support the incumbent out of fear their votes are traced, and (ii) whether aid distribution in the Philippines is swayed by local authorities in order to benefit their supporters.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Principles of Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry
  • Quantitative Reasoning

 

Joanne Roberts

Research Areas / Specialisations
Law and economics, public economics. Professor Roberts is a public economist, interested in how incentives affect behaviour in broad number of situations. Her recent work has focused on legal institutions, tax evasion, and charitable giving.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Law and Economics

Xing Xia

Research Areas / Specialisations
Applied Microeconomics, Labour Economics, Economics of Education and Health. Her primary research focus is on educational institutions and the labour market. She uses empirical microeconomic methods to study how the changing demand of the labour market influences the structure of the higher education market and how education institutions in return influence the labour market outcomes of college attendees. She also studies the financing of higher education institutions and public policies that affect human capital accumulation in developing countries.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Labour Economics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry

Liuchun Deng

Research Areas / Specialisations
Assistant Professor Liuchun Deng received his Bachelor in Economics and Statistics from Peking University in 2011 and his PhD in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. Before joining Yale-NUS, he was an assistant professor at the University of Jena and a research associate at Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) in Germany.

Asst Prof Deng’s research interests are international trade and economic growth. His current research focuses on two topics: (1) the labour market consequences of globalisation and automation; (2) characterisation of the dynamics of growth models.
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Teaching Subjects
  • International Trade
  • Economics of Globalisation

Ravi Chidambaram

Research Areas / Specialisations
Mr Ravi Chidambaram has over three decades of experience in the investment banking industry in the United States, Europe and Asia. He held senior positions at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Mr Chidambaram co-founded TC Capital, a pan-Asian boutique investment bank based in Singapore which specialises in merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory and capital market transactions for mid-cap and large cap companies in Asia. It is recognised and awarded as one of the best independent investment banks in Asia and has completed numerous transactions aggregating billions of dollars. TC Capital has also created one of Asia’s leading AI- and machine tool-driven financial data mining companies called Datarama. With extensive and hard-to-get information on over 1,000,000 Asian companies and individuals, it has become a go-to tool for banks, strategic investors and funds.

Outside of work, Mr Chidambaram is also active in a number of areas, including arts, education and business. His knowledge of the impact investment space has led to various teaching and speaking engagements at conferences, think tanks and universities around the world. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University teaching classes on investment and mergers & acquisitions from 2015- 2017. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Singapore Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise, a charity supporting the career development of promising Singaporean artists, and also is co-founder of London-based record label Splash Blue.
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Felix Momsen

Research Areas / Specialisations
Mr Felix Momsen grew up in Germany and Canada and has worked for a sovereign wealth fund in Asia for over a decade across a range of functions (research, trading, portfolio management), asset classes (rates, credit, FX and equities), and geographies (developed, emerging and frontier markets). Most of his work has focused on direct investments, but he is also involved in the selection and monitoring of external funds. He also helped set up an asset allocation start-up firm in London.

Mr Momsen studied economics at Oxford University (MPhil), Harvard University and Bamberg University (Germany); he is a Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) charterholder.

Mr Momsen is passionate about macroeconomics, cyclical and secular cross-asset investment strategy and portfolio management, as well as emerging markets research. His investment approach is fundamental and discretionary in nature.
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Lam, Wing Tung

Research Areas / Specialisations
Dr Lam Wing Tung’s research interest is mainly economic theory on search and matching. He studies how informational frictions and search frictions affect market competition and inequality among participants. His current projects are about sorting in markets where financial securities are the prevailing form of payment.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics