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Research at St Andrews

Joao Rafael Cunha


Joao Rafael Cunha
Postal address:
School of Economics & Finance
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462421

Research overview

I am an applied economist with research interests in financial regulation, banking, political economy, law and economics, economic history, macro-finance, and international macroeconomics and finance.

My research can be split into three large areas: Financial Regulatory Cycle; Political Economy of U.S. Financial Regulation; and Macro-Finance.

1) One of my research strands focus on U.S. financial regulation and its cyclicality.

2) Another strand focus on the political economy of U.S. financial regulation. It studies how political factors influence financial regulation.

3) Finally, I am also studying macro-financial issues. More specifically, I am studying the link between credit cycles, financial crises and medium-term economic growth.

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PhD research projects available

1. Financial Regulation (e.g. Is there a financial regulation cycle? How does it behave? What are its features?) 2. Political Economy of Financial Regulation (e.g. What political factors influence financial regulation?; How do private interests affect financial regulation?; How does voting affect financial regulation?) 3. Macro-Finance (e.g. How does the credit cycle influence the business cycle?; What is the relationship between credit cycles and medium-run swings in economic growth?; What explains the heterogeneity in the impact of financial crises across countries?) 4. Banking (e.g. Is there a significant trade-off between competition and stability in the banking sector?; How should regulation and competition policy interact in the banking sector?; How should the banking sector specificity in competition policy be dealt with?; What should be the role of competition policy in the banking sector?)

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