• 106 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


Yu-Fu gained both a BSc and an MSc in Chemistry from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, a PG Diploma in Economics from the University of Warwick, and both an MSc and a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Economic Studies at the University of Dundee



Macroeconomics, International Finance, Environmental Economics, Financial Economics (real options), Labour Economics, Chinese Economy

A key feature of my work is that it bridges different areas of economics as well as different disciplines. Currently, I am working in a number of areas:

  1. International finance & Chinese Economy, with a focus on exchange rates policies by central banks and theoretical development of target zone models for China, Hong Kong and Japan;
  2. Environmental economics, with a focus on the effects of climate change and the design of environmental policies when policy makers face fat-tailed uncertainty, ambiguity in uncertainties, and forecast uncertainties in climate change scientific forecasting;
  3. Macroeconomics and Labour Economics, with a focus on firms’ dynamic investment and employment decisions under uncertainty and their impact on international competitiveness, including China consumption and housing prices interactions, and research on the China New Contract Labour Law.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Birkbeck University of London

Master of Science, Birkbeck University of London


  • HB Economic Theory
  • International Finance
  • Real Options
  • Labour Economics

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uncertainty Social Sciences
labor demand Social Sciences
non-wage labor costs Social Sciences
firm Social Sciences
Uncertainty Business & Economics
temporary work Social Sciences
dismissal Social Sciences
New Labour Social Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

  • 106 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 28 Discussion paper
  • 20 Article
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Working paper
31 Downloads (Pure)

China’s fiscal decentralization and environmental quality: theory and an empirical study

Hao, Y., Chen, Y-F., Liao, H. & Wei, Y-M., 2 Sep 2019, In : Environment and Development Economics. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fiscal decentralization
Environmental quality
Empirical study
GDP per capita

Informal One-Sided Target Zone Model and the Swiss Franc

Chen, Y-F., Funke, M. & Moessner, R., Nov 2018, In : Review of International Economics. 26, 5, p. 1130-1153 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

exchange rate
rate of exchange
central bank
68 Downloads (Pure)

Greece’s Three-Act Tragedy: A Simple Model of Grexit vs. Staying Afloat inside the Single Currency Area

Chen, Y-F. & Funke, M., Apr 2017, In : Open Economies Review. 28, 2, p. 297-318 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Currency area
Single currency
Euro area
2 Citations (Scopus)
104 Downloads (Pure)

What drives urban consumption in mainland China? The role of property price dynamics.

Chen, Y-F., Funke, M. & Mehrotra, A., 27 Aug 2017, In : Pacific Economic Review. 22, 3, p. 383-409 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mainland China
Property prices
Price dynamics
House prices
132 Downloads (Pure)

A non-perpetual shirking model

Chen, Y-F. & Zoega, G., Sep 2015, In : Economics Letters. 134, p. 98-101 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Finite horizon


Exchange rate volatility in LDCs: some findings from the Ghanaian, Mozambican and Tanzanian markets

Author: Osei-Assibey, K. P., 2010

Supervisor: Molana, H. (Supervisor) & Chen, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Labour Market Policies and Unemployment in the Presence of Search & Matching Frictions

Author: Onwordi, G. E., 2016

Supervisor: Molana, H. (Supervisor) & Chen, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy