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Sara Hsu

Sara Hsu

Dr. Sara Hsu is an expert in Chinese fintech, economic development, informal finance, and shadow banking. She is the author of “China’s Fintech Explosion.”

Sara Hsu is a Visiting Scholar at Fudan University. Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Dr. Hsu specializes in Chinese fintech, economic development, informal finance, and shadow banking. She has published one of the only English-language books on the topic of Chinese fintech, “China’s Fintech Explosion,” and informal finance, “Informal Finance in China: American and Chinese Perspectives,” as well as one of the only Chinese-language books on Chinese shadow banking. She has also published a number of articles and books on the topics of sustainable development, financial crises, and trade.

Sara Hsu earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah and her BA from Wellesley College.

Posts by Sara Hsu
March 03, 2021

The US-China Trade War Is Still Happening

By Sara Hsu
Four years and a new president later, U.S. tariffs on Chinese products remain.

September 26, 2018

As China's P2P Industry Stumbles, One Company Is Soaring

By Sara Hsu
Fincera Chairman Yonghui Li on thriving despite China’s P2P industry turbulence.
June 14, 2016

Some of China’s Zombie Firms May Finally Die

By Sara Hsu
The government issues a statement that appears to crack down on dormant firms.

June 05, 2016

Sustainably Affordable Health Care in China

By Sara Hsu
Can China balance patient affordability with sustainable service provision?

May 29, 2016

Foxconn: from Worker Suicides to Plastic Workers

By Sara Hsu
The controversial company is switching to robots, boding ill for China’s labor market.

May 20, 2016

China’s On-Again, Off-Again P2P Lending

By Sara Hsu
Activity in the peer-to-peer lending sector has surged at times, despite issues controlling risk.
May 12, 2016

What Does ‘L-Shaped’ Growth Imply for China?

By Sara Hsu
An unnamed official gives some hints about the official projection for China’s economy.

May 02, 2016

China’s Impressive Auto Industry

By Sara Hsu
The country’s well-functioning auto sector is a bright spot in an otherwise slowing economy.

April 24, 2016

China’s Steel Glut Still a Problem

By Sara Hsu
Beijing needs to rethink its trade policies.

April 14, 2016

Is China’s Great Firewall a Trade Barrier?

By Sara Hsu
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative thinks so.

April 05, 2016

Any Luxe Left for China?

By Sara Hsu
The corruption crackdown has had repercussions for China’s luxury goods industry.
March 28, 2016

Trump’s Trumped-Up Accusations Against China

By Sara Hsu
The bloviating Republican frontrunner threatens to derail bilateral relations.

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