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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
May 08, 2021

Chinese Subsidies: A Threat to US Competitiveness?

By Sara Hsu
Are Chinese subsidies to firms in strategic sectors a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. companies?

April 27, 2021

Senate’s Strategic Competition Act Will Make China-US Relations Worse, Not Better

By Sara Hsu
The overall thrust of the Strategic Competition Act of 2021 is that China is an adversary that cannot be negotiated with.
April 19, 2021

China and Artificial Intelligence

By Sara Hsu
China has made technological strides in the AI field. Should that be viewed as a threat?

April 05, 2021

How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech?

By Sara Hsu
China’s sovereign digital currency is likely to have a mainly positive impact on the fintech sector.

March 26, 2021

Can the US and China Agree to Disagree?

By Sara Hsu
Talks are a necessary but not sufficient step for repairing the China-U.S. relationship.

March 18, 2021

COVID-19 Made China’s Debt Problem Worse

By Sara Hsu
With debt soaring amid the pandemic, the government’s deleveraging struggle slogs on.
March 10, 2021

More Fintech Regulation on the Horizon in China

By Sara Hsu
The Chinese government continues to add oversight and structure to the rapidly growing sector.

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.

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