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        James Barth

        ProfessorLowder Eminent ScholarDepartment of Finance


        Areas of Expertise

        Banking Global Banking Regulation Minority Banks Real Estate Finance


        • PhD, Ohio State University, 1972
        • MA, University of New Mexico, 1967
        • BA, California State University at Sacramento, 1965

        Professional Activities

        James R. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University, a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, and a Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institution Center. My research focuses on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. Over the years, I have served as leader of an international team advising the People's Bank of China on banking reform and participated in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State in China, India, Russia, and Egypt. Also, I spoke on "Competition in the Financial Sector: Challenges for Regulation" at a G-20 Workshop on Competition in the Financial Sector, Bali, Indonesia.

        I was an appointee of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision and previously the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. I also held the positions of Professor of Economics at George Washington University, Associate Director of the Economics Program at the National Science Foundation, and Shaw Foundation Professor of Banking and Finance at Nanyang Technological University. I have been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank.

        I have also testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees and authored more than 300 articles in professional journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal on Finance, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Banking and Finance.

        In addition, I have co-authored and co-edited several books, including The Great Savings and Loan Debacle, American Enterprise Institute Press, The Reform of Federal Deposit Insurance, Harper Business, Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern, Cambridge University Press, Financial Restructuring and Reform in Post-WTO China, Kluwer Law International, The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Meltdown, John Wiley & Sons, China's Emerging Financial Markets: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us, MIT Press, Fixing the Housing Market: Financial Innovations for the Future, Wharton School Publishing-Pearson, and Research Handbook on International Banking and Governance, MIT Press.

        Furthermore, I have been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Barron's and Newsweek and have appeared on various broadcast programs and National Public Radio. Barth is the overseas associated editor of the Chinese Banker and included in Who's Who in Economics: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700 to 1995.

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