Professional Experience

  • Present 2015

    Vice-Dean Research, School of Business

    National University of Singapore

  • Present 2014

    Low Tuck Kwong Professor, Professor of Economics, Finance and Real Estate

    National University of Singapore

  • 2014 2013

    Dean's Chair, Associate Professor of Economics, Finance and Real Estate

    National University of Singapore

  • Present 2013

    Deputy Head (Research)

    Department of Real Estate, NUS

  • 2014 2013

    Associate Professor of Economics (Courtsey)

    School of Arts and Social Science, NUS

  • 2014 2012

    Associate Professor of Finance

    School of Business, NUS

  • 2014 2012

    Associate Professor of Real Estate

    School of Design and Environment, NUS

  • 2012 Present

    Research Director

    CAMRI, NUS

  • 2012 2008

    Senior Financial Economist

    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

  • 2008 2006

    Financial Economist

    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

  • 2006 2004

    SVP

    Credit Risk Management Executive, Bank of America

  • 2004 2000

    VP

    Financial Economist, Bank of America

  • 2000 1999

    Senior Analyst

    Health Products Research

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 1999

    Ph.D. in Economics

    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • M.A1995

    Master of Arts in Economics

    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • B.Sc1993

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Visiting and Consulting Experience

  • Present 2012

    Research Associate

    CBE, NUS

  • Present 2012

    Research Associate

    IRES, NUS

  • Present 2012

    Research Associate

    RMI, NUS

  • Present 2012

    Research Associate

    CQF, NUS

  • Present 2008

    Visiting Associate Professor

    Finance DepartmentIndian School of Business

  • 2008

    Consultant

    World Bank, IFC

  • 2007

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Finance DepartmentDePaul University

  • 2005

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Finance DepartmentGeorge Washington University

  • 1998 1995

    Instructor

    Economics Department, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • 1995

    Consultant

    Research Department, Bank of Uganda, Kampala, Uganda

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Dec 2013
    Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award, NUS
  • Feb 2013
    NBER Household Finance Group/Sloan Foundation Research Grant
  • Sep 2012
  • June 2012
    Excellence in Refereeing Award 2011/2012 – American Economic Review
  • Nov 2011
  • Jan 2011
    Networks Financial Institute, Best Paper Award
  • Jan 2011
  • Jan 2009
    Terker Family Prizes in Investment Research Award, Wharton School of Business
  • May 2008
    Paolo Baffi Centre on Central Banking and Financial Regulation Award
  • April 2008
    Center for Financial Research Grant, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Feb 2008
    Glucksman Institute Research Award, New York University
  • Oct 2007
    Consumer Financial Education and Research Award, TCAI, University of Arizona
  • March 2006
    Center for Financial Research Grant, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • UWM 1995
    J Walter Elliot Award for Excellence in Macroeconomics

Media

Channel News Asia

Uber aims for $40 Billion Valuation, Video, November 27th, 2014

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Bit Coins Boom or Bust, Video, September 14th, 2014

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BBC, Asia Business Report

What does Jackson Hole mean for Asia’s businesses, August 25th, 2014

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Bit Coins in Singapore, Video, July 26th, 2014

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BBC, Asia Business Report

Asian Workers Rights, May 1st, 2014

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BBC, Asia Business Report

Australia Eyes Insider Trading Crackdown, July 12th, 2013

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Business Singapore, Wong Wiew Ying, MAS Reportedly in Discussions to Discontinue SIBOR, Video, February 18th, 2013

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CNBC Squawk Box

Lisa Oake, Rigging Currency Rates in Singapore, February 6th, 2013

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Thomas Cho, Regional banks see jump in merger and acquisition activities, Print Story, November 2nd, 2012

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Bridging Asia, Should Happiness be a National Target, Print Story, October 30th, 2012

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BBC, Asia Business Report

HSBC Apologizes Over Claims it Aided Money-Laundering, July 19th, 2012

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Kristie Neo, MAS looking into SIBOR setting process, July 18th, 2012

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JP Morgan Loss: Bank Risks 'Different in Asia', May 15, 2012

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Cognitive Ability and Household Financial Decision Making, AEJ-Applied Version, Online Appendix

American Economic Journal - Applied Economics, 2013, Vol. 5(1), Pp. 193-207

The Consumption and Debt Response to Minimum Wage Increases, AER Version , Online Appendix

American Economic Review, 2012, Vol. 102(7), Pp. 3111-39 (Lead Article)

Press

Adverse Selection in Mortgage Securitization, JFE Version

Journal of Financial Economics, 2012, Vol. 105(3), Pp. 640-660

with Chang Y. and A. Yavas
Press

The Role of Securitization in Mortgage Renegotiation, JFE Version

Journal of Financial Economics, 2011, Vol. 102(3), Pp.559-578

Press

Distance and Private Information in Lending, RFS Version

Review of Financial Studies, 2010, Vol. 23(7), Pp. 2757-2788

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Learning to Cope: Voluntary Financial Education Programs and the Housing Crisis ,

AER Version

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2010, Vol. 100(2), Pp. 495-500

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Payday Loans and Credit Cards: New Liquidity and Credit Scoring Puzzles

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2009, Vol. 99(2), Pp. 412-417

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Finance

Professor of Finance
Office BIZ1-07-69
Mochtar Raidy Building
15 Kent Ridge Drive
National University of Singapore
Singapore, 119245
Phone: +65 6516-5316 (O)
Email: bizagarw@nus.edu.sg

Real Estate

Professor of Real Estate
Office SDE1-05-10
School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive
National University of Singapore
Singapore, 117566
Phone +65 6601 2622(O)
Email: rstagarw@nus.edu.sg
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