Xingwang Qian

Economics and Finance Department
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2019The Currency Composition of International Reserves, Demand for International Reserves, and Global Safe Assets
with Joshua Aizenman, Yin-Wong Cheung: w25934
This paper examines determinants of the international reserves (IR) currency composition before and after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Applying the annual data of 58 countries, we confirm that countries that trade more with the US, euro zone, UK, and Japan, and issue more debt denominated in the big four currencies (US dollar, euro, pound, yen) hoard more IR in these currencies. We find scale effects in which countries tend to diversify from the big four currencies as they increase their IR/GDP and that a growing shortage of global safe assets (GSAs) induces countries to hold more big four currencies. Countries hold less big four currencies as IR after the 2008 GFC, while they hold more of such currencies since the tapering of the Fed’s quantitative easing. The 2008 GFC and QE taperi...

Published: Joshua Aizenman & Yin-Wong Cheung & XingWang Qian, 2019. "The currency composition of international reserves, demand for international reserves, and global safe assets," Journal of International Money and Finance, . citation courtesy of

March 2012Are Chinese Trade Flows Different?
with Yin-Wong Cheung, Menzie D. Chinn: w17875
We find that Chinese trade flows respond to economic activity and relative prices - as represented by a trade weighted exchange rate - but the relationships are not always precisely or robustly estimated. Chinese exports are generally well-behaved, rising with foreign GDP and decreasing as the Chinese renminbi (RMB) appreciates. However, the estimated income elasticity is sensitive to the treatment of time trends. Estimates of aggregate imports are more problematic. In many cases, Chinese aggregate imports actually rise in response to a RMB depreciation and decline with Chinese GDP. This is true even after accounting for the fact a substantial share of imports are subsequently incorporated into Chinese exports. We find that some of these counter-intuitive results are mitigated when we disa...

Published: Cheung, Yin-Wong & Chinn, Menzie D. & Qian, XingWang, 2012. "Are Chinese trade flows different?," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 2127-2146. citation courtesy of

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