Chenzi Xu

Assistant Professor, Finance

Chenzi Xu

Assistant Professor of Finance

Center Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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Research Statement

Chenzi Xu’s research is on the intersection of finance, international trade, and economic history.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, Harvard University, 2019
  • MPhil in Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge, 2013
  • AB in Economics, Harvard University, 2012

Academic Appointments

  • International Economics Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College, 2019–20

Awards and Honors

  • Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar for 2021–22
  • AQR Top Finance Graduate Award, 2019
  • WFA Cubist Systematic Strategies PhD Candidate Award for Outstanding Research, 2019
  • BlackRock Applied Research Award Finalist, 2018
  • Economic History Society New Researcher Prize, 2018
  • British Academy Leverhulme Grant (joint with Wilfried Kisling & Chris Meissner), 2018
  • Economic History Association Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship, 2017
  • International Econometric Game Champion, 2017
  • Thomas Cochran Fellowship in Economic & Business History, 2016
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Kuznets Research Fund, 2015
  • Hirtle Callaghan Prize, 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors, Harvard University, 2012
  • Center for History and Economics Prize Research Student, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • Pembroke College William Shirley Scholar (Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship), Harvard University, 2012


Journal Articles

Chenzi Xu
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
November 2022 Vol. 137 Issue 4 Pages 2107–2161

Working Papers

Antonio Coppola, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Chenzi Xu February 2024
Poorya Kabir, Adrien Matray, Karsten Müller, Chenzi Xu January 2024

Insights by Stanford Business

May 03, 2024
A look back at the temporary shutdown of the export credit agency finds significant impacts on American companies.
February 16, 2023
Countries that want to “dedollarize” must find a currency that matches the greenback’s extraordinary liquidity.
December 12, 2022
A sampling of the big ideas and timely research produced by Stanford GSB faculty this year.
November 29, 2022
The U.S. used to have hundreds of unregulated private currencies backed by shaky assets. Sound familiar?
November 22, 2021
Digging through old bank ledgers reveals the lasting impacts of financial crises.
September 09, 2021
Members of the Stanford GSB faculty recommend some of their favorite programs.

School News

April 23, 2024
An old leaflet shows how Americans were sold on lending Uncle Sam much-needed cash.