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Bihong Huang, Research Fellow

Bihong Huang

Bihong Huang joined ADBI as a research economist in February 2016.

Her research interests include economic development, climate change and the environment, and inclusive and sustainable finance.

She is coordinator for the Think20 (T20) Japan policy innovation task force examining the Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age under Japan’s 2019 G20 presidency. She also represents ADBI in a large number of other policy dialogues with governments and international organizations.

She has led many research-based policy development projects at ADBI. Her work has focused on topics such as East Asian economic integration; fintech and financial inclusion; fintech, digital currency and financial stability; finance and innovation; globalization and economic stability; globalization, climate change and environment; green finance; sources of income inequality; and avoiding the middle-income trap.

She has published three books and more than 20 papers in leading academic journals. Among them include China Economic Review, Economic Modelling, Energy Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Development Economics, and The World Economy.

She previously served on the academic faculty at Renmin University of China and University of Macau.

She holds a PhD in economics from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She also holds an MA and BA in economics from Xiamen University in China.


Financial Economics

Gender Gap in the Peer-to-Peer Lending: Evidence from China

With X. Chen and D. Ye. Journal of Banking & Finance, 2019.

Corporate Pension Plans and Investment Choices: Bargaining or Conforming?

With M. Duygun, X. Qian, and L. H. K. Tam. Journal of Corporate Finance, 2018, Vol. 50: 519– 537.

The Role of Punctuation in P2P Lending: Evidence from China

With X. Chen and D. Ye. Economic Modelling, 2018, Vol. 68: 634–643.

Social Networks and Informal Financial Inclusion in China

With S. Chai, Y. Chen, and D. Ye. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 2019, Vol. 36(2): 529–563.

Loan Collateral, Corporate Investment, and Business Cycle

With V. Aivazian, X. Gu, and J. Qiu. Journal of Banking & Finance, 2015, Vol. 55: 380–392.

Economic Development

Housing Wealth Appreciation and Consumption: Evidence from China

With C. Peng, W. Qiu, Q. Song. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 2019.

Population Ageing and Inequality: Evidence from China

With X. Chen and S. Li. The World Economy, 2018, Vol. 41(8): 1976–2000.

How Far is Chinese Left-Behind Parents' Health Left Behind?

With Y. Lian and W. Li. China Economic Review, 2016, Vol. 37: 15–26.

Inequality and Saving: Further Evidence from Integrated Economies

With X. Gu, P. S. Tam, and Y. Zhang. Review of Development Economics, 2015, Vol. 19: 15–30.

Are Intergovernmental Transfers in China Equalizing?

With K. Chen. China Economic Review, 2012, Vol. 23: 534–551.

Spillover Effect of Infrastructure and Regional Gap in China

With F. Ding, Applied Econometrics and International Development, 2009, Vol. 9(2): 225–243.

Climate Change and Environmental Economics

Environmental Awareness and Environmental Kuznets Curve

With X. Chen and C. Lin. Economic Modelling, 2019, Vol. 77: 2–11.

Trade Openness and the Environmental Kuznets Curve: Evidence from Chinese Cities

With Z. Fang and Z. Yang. The World Economy, 2018.

Economic and Environmental Impacts of Foreign Direct Investment in China: A Spatial Spillover Analysis

With J. Huang, X. Chen, and X. Yang. China Economic Review, 2017, Vol. 45: 289–309.

Club Membership and Transboundary Pollution: Evidence from European Union Enlargement

With X. Chen. Energy Economics, 2016, Vol. 53: 230–237.

International Economics

Trade Network and Economic Fluctuations in Asia

With P. Giudici and A. Spelta, Economic Systems, 2019, Vol43: 1–17.

Inequality, Saving and Global Imbalances: A New Theory with Evidence from OECD and Asian Countries

With X. Gu and B. Dong. The World Economy, 2015, Vol. 38: 110–135.

Does Inequality Lead to a Financial Crisis? Revisited

With X. Gu. Review of Development Economics, 2014, Vol. 18: 502–516.

A New Approach to Capital Flows: Theory and Evidence

With X. Gu. Economic Modelling, 2011, Vol. 28: 1050–1057.

International Dependency and Economic Fluctuations in East Asian NIEs

Global Economic Review, 2008, Vol. 37: 497–506.

13 December 2019 Closing the gender gap in peer-to-peer lending - Asia Pathways

Financial inclusion for women has been embraced by policy makers as an important development priority. However, despite women having lower risk preferences and higher creditworthiness, the gender gap in access to finance is still prevalent in the traditional credit market.

11 June 2019 Tackling the challenge of growing inequality in Asia - Asia Pathways

Income inequality is one of the most profound social, economic, and political challenges of our time. A survey conducted by Pew Research Center (2014) found that more than 60% of worldwide respondents regard the gap between the rich and the poor as a major concern.

4 October 2018 How does trade openness affect the environmental Kuznets curve? - Asia Pathways

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has reformed and opened up its economy for 4 decades. However, accompanying the country’s fast-growing gross domestic product (GDP) and trade sector, environmental degradation, such as deteriorating water quality, land deforestation, pollution, and frequent haze plagues, has attracted a great deal of attention.

25 May 2018 Is Indonesia’s subsidized rice program benefitting its children? - Asia Pathways

Indonesia’s subsidized rice program, RASKIN (also known as Operasi Pasar Khusus), constitutes the longest running and the largest in-kind transfer for poor households in Indonesia. In 2010, government expenditure on RASKIN accounted for 53% of the total household-targeted social assistance.