Research Interests: Chinese economy, corruption, international finance and trade
Professor Wei is the director of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business and director of the Working Group on the Chinese Economy and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (U.S.), and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (Europe).
Prior to his Columbia appointment, he was assistant director and chief of the Trade and Investment Division at the International Monetary Fund. He was the IMF’s chief of mission to Myanmar in 2004. He previously held the positions of associate professor of public policy at Harvard University, the New Century Chair in Trade and International Economics at the Brookings Institution, and advisor at the World Bank. He has been a consultant to numerous government organizations, including the U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, and private companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Professor Wei’s research covers international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China. He has published widely in world-class academic journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics, European Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of several books, including China’s Evolving Role in the World Trade, with R. Feenstra (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming); The Globalization of the Chinese Economy, with J. Wen and H. Zhou (Edward Elgar, 2002); Economic Globalization: Finance, Trade and Policy Reforms (Beijing University Press, 2000); and Regional Trading Blocs in the World Economic System, with J. A. Frankel and E. Stein (Peterson Institute for International Economics, 1997).
Professor Wei holds a PhD in economics and MS in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. He began teaching at Columbia in the Fall of 2007.