About Me

Who Am I?

James R. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University, a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, and a Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institution Center. My research focuses on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. Over the years, I have served as leader of an international team advising the People's Bank of China on banking reform and participated in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State in China, India, Russia, and Egypt. Also, I spoke on "Competition in the Financial Sector: Challenges for Regulation" at a G-20 Workshop on Competition in the Financial Sector, Bali, Indonesia.

I was an appointee of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision and previously the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. I also held the positions of Professor of Economics at George Washington University, Associate Director of the Economics Program at the National Science Foundation, and Shaw Foundation Professor of Banking and Finance at Nanyang Technological University. I have been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank.

I have also testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees and authored more than 300 articles in professional journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal on Finance, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Banking and Finance.

In addition, I have co-authored and co-edited several books, including The Great Savings and Loan Debacle, American Enterprise Institute Press, The Reform of Federal Deposit Insurance, Harper Business, Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern, Cambridge University Press, Financial Restructuring and Reform in Post-WTO China, Kluwer Law International, The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Meltdown, John Wiley & Sons, China's Emerging Financial Markets: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us, MIT Press, Fixing the Housing Market: Financial Innovations for the Future, Wharton School Publishing-Pearson, and Research Handbook on International Banking and Governance, MIT Press.

Furthermore, I have been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Barron's and Newsweek and have appeared on various broadcast programs and National Public Radio. Barth is the overseas associated editor of the Chinese Banker and included in Who's Who in Economics: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700 to 1995.



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Research

Research

2021

“Application of Difference-in-Differences Strategies in Finance: The Case of Natural Disasters and Bank Responses”(with Yeo Song Yoon) WEAI conference, June 27, 2021

“How Does Financial Literacy Affect the Choice and Use of Alternative Financial Firms and Services?” (with Nguyen Nguyen, Valentina Hartarska, and Jitka Hilliard), Southwestern Finance Association Conference, March 19, 2021.

“How Does Financial Literacy Affect the Choice and Use of Alternative Financial Firms and Services?” (with Nguyen Nguyen, Valentina Hartarska, and Jitka Hilliard), Western Economic Association International Virtual International Conference, 2021, March 17, 2021.

“U.S. Minority Banks: Why So Few — After 150 Years?” (with Jiayi Xu), the 20th International Business & Economics Conference, January 6, 2021.

2020

“How Does Financial Literacy Affect the Choice and Use of Alternative Financial Firms and Services?” (with Nguyen Nguyen, Valentina Hartarska, and Jitka Hilliard), UAB Academic Symposium, November 13, 2020.

“U.S. Minority Banks: Why Still So Few — After 150 Years?” (with Jiayi Xu), the Western Economic Association International Virtual 95th Annual Conference, June 26, 2020.

“Banks and Natural Disasters” (with Stephen Matteo Miller, Yanfei Sun and Shen Zhang), the Western Economic Association

"Minority Depository Institutions: Why So Few–After 150 Years? New News–Poor and Risky PerformanceIs Not the Answer!” (with James R. Barth), Academy of Economics and Finance 57th Annual Meeting, 2020.

“How COVID-19 is Changing the Global Economy’, the EagleCast Webinar series, Auburn, June 16, 2020.

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"Bank Regulation and Supervision in 180 Countries from 1999 to 2011," by James R. Barth, Gerard Caprio, Jr., and Ross Levine.


In this paper and the associated database, we provide new data and measures of bank regulatory and supervisory policies in 180 countries from 1999 to 2011. The measures are based upon responses to hundreds of questions, including information on permissible bank activities, capital requirements, the powers of official supervisory agencies, information disclosure requirements, external governance mechanisms, deposit insurance, barriers to entry, and loan provisioning. The dataset also provides information on the organization of regulatory agencies and the size, structure, and performance of banking systems. Since the underlying surveys are large and complex, we construct summary indices of key bank regulatory and supervisory policies to facilitate cross-country comparisons and analyses of changes in banking policies over time.

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Outstanding Research Award, Harbert College of Business 2018-2019

2017 Southeast Conference Faculty Achievement Award winner from Auburn University

Auburn University, University Outreach, Outreach Global, Extraordinary Support and Commitment Award, 2016.

Auburn University, College of Business, Best All-Around Faculty Award, 2013

Invited Participant, U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Portugal, Speaking Engagements in Portugal, May 2011, (Cancelled)

Maughmer Freedom Philosophy Lecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, April 11, 2011

Invited Participant, U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Speaking Engagements in Egypt, May 2010

Auburn University, College of Business, Outstanding Elective Faculty Award, 2010

Invited Participant, U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Speaking Engagements in Russia, May 2009

Auburn University, College of Business Distinctive Faculty Achievement Award, 2009

MBA Teacher of the Year, Auburn University, 2009

Number 1 paper of the top 25 articles in the Journal of Financial Intermediation, 2004-2008

Invited Participant, U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Speaking Engagements in India, December 2008

Invited Participant, U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Speaking Engagements in China, June 2006

Auburn University, College of Business Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, 2006

MBA Teacher of the Year, Auburn University, 2003

J. Anderson Davis Lecture, Academy of Economics and Finance, 29th Annual Meeting, Pensacola, Florida, February 13-16, 2002

Omicron Delta Kappa Society, The National Leadership Honor Society, May 1991

Research Award, College of Business, Auburn University, sponsored by Kraft Foods, 1991

Best Paper Award, Financial Institutions and Markets, Eastern Finance Association, 1990

Garn Institute of Finance Grant, University of Utah, "Moral Hazard and the S&L Crisis of the 1980s," (with Carl D. Hudson), 1990

Office of Thrift Supervision Executive Incentive Award, 1989

Federal Home Loan Bank Board Special Act Award, 1989

Senior Executive Service Award for Exemplary Service, 1988

Mid America Institute for Public Policy Research Grant, University of Michigan, "Understanding Thrift Failure Costs and the Regulator's Closure Rule," 1987-1988, declined

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Grant, "The Impact of Government Spending on Economic Activity," (with Michael D. Bradley), 1987

U.S. Small Business Administration Grant, "Employee Characteristics and Firm Size," (with Sheldon Haber and Joseph Cordes), 1985-1987

Federal Home Loan Bank Board Grant, "An Analysis of Risk to Thrift Institutions and to the FSLIC," 1985-1986

Distinguished Paper Award, Southwestern Finance Association, 1985

National Science Foundation Grant, "The Effects of Regulations on Consumer Credit Markets," (with Anthony Yezer and Joseph Cordes), 1978-1980

George Washington University Research Council Grant, 1971-1972, 1972-1973, 1973-1974, 1982-1983

Research Fellow, Ohio State University, 1971-1972

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Dissertation Fellow, 1970-1971

Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honorary in Economics)

Alpha Iota Delta (National Honorary in Decision Sciences)

Sigma Xi (North American Research Society)

My work

Teaching

FINC 3700

Financial Markets and Institutions

FINC 7690/7696

Advanced Financial Systems

FINC 7976

Global Financial Markets

FINC 8690

Financial Markets and Intermediation

Teaching

Students

Current Ph.D. Students

Nguyen Nguyen

Email: ntn0003@auburn.edu

Yeo Song Yoon

Email: yzy0087@auburn.edu

Min Gu

Email: mzg0100@auburn.edu

Former Ph.D. Students

Jiayi Xu

Email: jzx0022@auburn.edu

Yanfei Sun

Email: yanfei.sun@ryerson.ca

Sunghoon Joo

Email: sjoo@csudh.edu

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May 27, 2012 | New York Times, Room for Debate

We Need Regulators Who Do Their Jobs