Dr. Heng CHEN
MEcon Programme Director
Associate Professor

2857 8506

KK 915

Academic & Professional Qualification
  • Ph.D., University of Zurich
  • M.A., Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • B.A., China Agricultural University

Heng CHEN finished his PhD studies at the University of Zurich in 2010.  Before he moved to Switzerland, Heng has also studied at Harvard University, Stockholm University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His research areas include learning and information acquisition in macroeconomics and political economy. In particular, he works on topics related to financial, economic and political crises, belief formation and news market.

Research Interest
  • Learning in Macroeconomics
  • Political Economy
  • Chinese Economy
Selected Publications
Working Papers
  • “The Great Famine and Household Saving in China”
    (with Maelys Rupelle)
  • “Competition for Attention in the News Media Market”
    (with Wing Suen)
  • “The Role of Information Intermediary in Financial Market”
    (with Guangyu Pei)
  • “The Great Gatsby Curve, Bequest and Preference Transmission”
    (with Baochun Peng)
  • “The Saving Puzzle and Intergenerational Habit Persistence”
    (with Qingyuan Du and Jianjun Xu)
  • “The Self-financing, Corporate Savings and Trade Liberalization”
    (with Qingyuan Du and Yongjin Wang)
  • “Financial Market Diversification and Excess Consumption Growth Volatility in Developing Countries”
  • “Mortgage Loans, Risk Sharing and the Decline of the Household Saving Rate”
    (with Christoph Winter)
Recent Publications
How Fake News Spreads

Timely new research shows that while rumors alone may have limited impact, their impact increases when they reinforce existing beliefs. Add effective communication, and rumors can lead to high-impact action.