Qingwei Meng

Qingwei MengQingwei Meng is a Research Economist in the Development Research Department of the African Development Bank where he carries out research on topics related to development economics, financial inclusion, and infrastructure development. He also supports the Bank’s private sector operations by conducting ex-ante assessments of additionality and development impacts. Previously, he worked as a Research Consultant in the Office of the Chief Economist and Vice President of the Bank, undertaking research projects on a variety of topics including fiscal and monetary policies, financial regulation, regional integration, and capital flight. His research interests are in the area of corporate finance and governance, money and banking, and financial markets. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Papers Published in World Economics:

Can Intra-Regional Trade Act as a Global Shock Absorber in Africa?

The global financial crisis and the subsequent uneven recovery have underscored the need for Africa’s resilience to output and other shocks originated in the rest of the world. A comparison of two regional economic communities – the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) – suggests that deeper intra-regional, and in particular intra-industry, trade ties have contributed to the EAC’s resilience to external output shocks. More broadly, intra-regional and intra-African trade with fast-growing economies, together with geographically diversified trade links, can strengthen the capacity of African countries to absorb global output shocks. Besides helping shield countries from external shocks, intra-regional trade also supports economic diversification and participation in regional value chains.

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