Ko Kwan Wai

Dr. KO Kwan Wai
Tel: (852) 3943-8235
Email: kwan.ko@cuhk.edu.hk
Office Location: Room 1002, Esther Lee Building

BA (Hons) (Western Ontario)
MA (York U.)
Ph.D. (McGill U.)

Research Interest

International Economics
Asia-Pacific Economies
Monetary Economics


Dr. Ko holds a PhD in Economics from McGill University (Canada), a M.A. in Economics from York University (Canada) and a B.A (Honors) in Economics and Sociology from University of Western Ontario. Prior to teaching at CUHK, she spent many years as an economic researcher and an editor for various HK economic magazines, specialized in writing Hong Kong’s economic policy, industrial and financial market development.

Dr. Ko teaches undergraduate courses on Asia-Pacific Economies, Global and Regional Integration, International Macroeconomics, Basic Macroeconomics, and Economics research workshops. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ko has engaged in producing interactive eLearning materials. She has been the principal investigator of the projects funded by Micro-Module Courseware Development Grant in 2015 and 2016, and the recent micro modules she has produced are One Belt One Road and Aging Population.

Dr. Ko's research interests are in economic history and economic development of Hong Kong and Asian economies, economic policy and applied econometrics. Her research articles have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. She has also served as a contributor to Macroeconomics textbooks (Global Edition) and a reviewer for economics journals such as China Economic Review, Economic Modelling and Asian Economic Journal.



  • "Clustering of cultural industries in Chinese cities". (with Patrick Mok) Economics of Transition,22: 365–395. doi: 10.1111/ecot.12031, 2014.
  • "Financial Integration, Information and Communication Technology and Macroeconomic Volatility: Evidence from Ten Asian Economies." Research in International Business and Finance, 22(2), pp.124-144, 2008.
  • "Internet Externalities and Location of FDI: A Comparison Between Developed and Developing Countries", Information Economics and Policy, 19(1), pp.1-23, 2007.
  • "Currency Substitution in a Currency Board Context: The Evidence for Hong Kong." (with Jagdish Handa). Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 4(1), pp. 39-56, 2006.