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Cong Wang

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Cong Wang

Lecturer of Economics and Finance

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Social issues uncovered to help build productivity and growth

Religion, politics and money are the three well known topics to shy away from in social settings to avoid awkward conversation. While most skirt away from these topics, University of Tasmania researcher Cong Wang is facing them head on and researching them on a macro level… Literally.

Wang’s research begins with a desire to uncover the root issues behind macro-economic problems to in turn increase the growth and development of countries. Focusing on a wide variety of social issues ranging from religion to ethnolinguistic-diversity to fertility, Wang looks at how various institutions impact on these issues and the resulting positive or negative outcomes.

As an early career researcher, Wang has been busy behind the books and in the field. He has already published one ‘A*’ and five ‘A’ ranked papers by the Australian Research Council, touching on some of these highly relevant social issues.

Policy for peace

With many future projects in mind, social integration is a current and pressing issue that Wang is now drawing his focus to. Many countries around the world are facing social integration issues, particularly in the United States and across Europe. With millions of people flocking to borders in hopes of entry to flee persecution in their home countries, an ‘us versus them’ mentality has reared its head. For Wang, looking at this issue on a policy level to help offer incentives for both locals and newcomers is essential to find peace for both sides.

'Immigration is an issue that isn’t going away. We need to look to the root of the current problems that are causing angst on both sides to get past the conflict and find reconciliation,' says Wang.

'The faster we come up with solutions behind some of these immigration issues, the faster a country can get back to being productive, which benefits everybody.'

Religion and economic growth

As co-author in his most recently published paper, Wang examined different religious groups including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism and their likelihood to have an impact on income inequality on a global perspective. Having researched 130 countries from 1970 to 2013 his results indicated that religion plays a significant role in explaining income inequality, finding differences as well as similarities.

'Combining both macro and micro economic principals, I am exploring the kinds of changes policy makers can install to ensure economic growth across all countries, no matter the religion.'

Receiving his PhD from Monash University in 2014 and going on to lecture and research overseas in Denmark prior to commencing at UTAS, Wang’s unique and dedicated research career in economics brings a richness to his lectures.

'Because of my varied background in economic research, I’m able to incorporate a lot of real-life findings into my teaching. The more examples I’m able to give on a particularly difficult topic the more the students are able to grasp it and potentially be enlightened.'

Cong Wang is a lecturer of economics and finance at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. He’s interested in the field of growth and development.

Biography

Before joining UTAS, Cong has obtained his PhD from Monash University, and then worked as an assistant professor in economics at both the University of Southern Denmark and Bond University.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis title UniversityCountry Date of award
PhD in Economics The Macroeconomics of Institutions, Fertility and Social Capital Monash University Australia May 2014
MA in Economics   University of South Florida United States May 2008

Languages (other than English)

Chinese

Memberships

Professional practice

Membership in Econometric Society, Economic Society of Australia and Chinese Economist Society

Administrative expertise

I have done some course coordination back in University of Southern Denmark

Teaching

Econometrics, Economic Growth, Quantitative Methods, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Marketing Research

Teaching expertise

Cong has teaching expertise in mainly quantitative economics such as econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics and growth and development related topics.

Research Invitations

I have upcoming research invitation from Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University.

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Expertise

Cong has interests in economic analysis of several micro and macro related issues, such as institutions, social capital, growth and development, demographic transition and firm performance.

Cong has published papers concerning these research areas in high impact academic journals such as Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Development Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, Regional Studies, Economic Record and Social Choice and Welfare.

Research Themes

Cong has interests in economic analysis of several micro and macro related issues, such as institutions, social capital, growth and development, demographic transition and firm performance.

Cong has published papers concerning these research areas in high impact academic journals such as Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Development Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, Regional Studies, Economic Record and Social Choice and Welfare.

Collaboration

Cong is currently collaborating with researchers from Europe, China and Australia on projects on related party transactions, firm performance, risk neutrality, consumption and welfare gain, and political distance.

Awards

  • Post-graduation Publication Awards, (Monash University 2013)

Fields of Research

  • Economic Development and Growth (140202)
  • Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy (130203)
  • Macroeconomics (incl. Monetary and Fiscal Theory) (140212)
  • Financial Economics (140207)
  • Marketing Research Methodology (150505)
  • Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation (140209)
  • Migration (160303)
  • Psychology of Religion (170111)

Research Objectives

  • Economic Growth (910103)
  • Social Class and Inequalities (940116)
  • Bioethics (950401)
  • Marketing (910403)
  • Income Distribution (910106)
  • Finance Services (900101)
  • Industrial Organisations (910203)
  • Macroeconomics (910199)
  • Religion and Society (950404)

Publications

Total publications

10

Journal Article

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Fan S, Wang C, 'Firm age, ultimate ownership, and R&D investments', International Review of Economics and Finance pp. 1-23. ISSN 1059-0560 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2019.11.012 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Wang C, Naveed A, 'The social inclusion and inequality nexus: EU versus non-EU migrants', International Migration, 57, (3) ISSN 0020-7985 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/imig.12567 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Wang C, Steiner B, 'Can social capital explain business performance in Denmark?', Empirical Economics pp. 1-24. ISSN 0377-7332 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00181-019-01731-3 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Madsen JB, Moslehi S, Wang C, 'What has driven the great fertility decline in developing countries since 1960?', The Journal of Development Studies, 54, (4) pp. 738-757. ISSN 0022-0388 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2017.1303675 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2018Naveed A, Wang C, 'Can religion explain cross-country differences in inequality? A global perspective', Social Choice and Welfare, 50, (3) pp. 481-518. ISSN 0176-1714 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00355-017-1093-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2017Madsen JB, Wang C, Steiner B, 'The creation of effective states in the OECD since 1870: the role of inequality', European Journal of Political Economy, 50 pp. 106-121. ISSN 0176-2680 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2017.03.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1

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2017Wang C, Madssen JB, Steiner B, 'Industry diversity, competition and firm relatedness: the impact on employment before and after the 2008 global financial crisis', Regional Studies, 51, (12) pp. 1801-1814. ISSN 0034-3404 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1254766 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2015Wang C, Steiner B, 'Can ethno-linguistic diversity explain cross-country differences in social capital?: A global perspective', The Economic Record, 91, (294) pp. 338-366. ISSN 0013-0249 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1475-4932.12195 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

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2013Wang C, 'Can institutions explain cross country differences in innovative activity?', Journal of Macroeconomics, 37 pp. 128-145. ISSN 0164-0704 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2013.05.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Steiner B, Wang C, 'Social capital, religious affiliation and business performance in Denmark', AoM, 5-9 August, 2016, California, United States ISSN 0065-0668 (2016) [Conference Edited]

DOI: 10.5465/ambpp.2016.291 [eCite] [Details]

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  • BHJ Foundation Grant (2015-2016)
  • Kata Fonden Grant (2015-2016)

Cong has supervised 4 Masters/Honours students to completion while working at the University of Southern Denmark.