James R. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University and a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute. His research focuses on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. Recently, he served as leader of an international team advising the People's Bank of China on banking reform. Barth also participated in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State in China in 2007, India in 2008, Russia in 2009, and Egypt in 2010. Also in 2008, Barth spoke on "Competition in the Financial Sector: Challenges for Regulation" at the G-20 Workshop on Competition in the Financial Sector, Bali, Indonesia.
Barth 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. He has 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. He has 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.
Barth's expertise in the thrift and banking industries and in financial institution and deposit insurance issues has led him to testify before several U.S. Congressional Committees. He has authored more than 200 articles in professional journals and has written and edited several books, including The Great Savings and Loan Debacle, American Enterprise Institute Press, and The Reform of Federal Deposit Insurance, Harper Business. He has been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Barron's and Newsweek, and has appeared on various broadcast programs and National Public Radio.
Barth has coauthored a book on bank regulation and supervision around the world with Jerry Caprio and Ross Levine titled Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006. He has also coedited a book titled Financial Restructuring and Reform in Post-WTO China, published by Kluwer Law International in 2007.Most recently, he has coauthored a book on the housing and financial crisis titled The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Meltdown published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2009 and coedited a book on China's financial markets titled China's Emerging Financial Markets: Challenges and Opportunities published by Springer in May 2009. 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.
"Industrial Loan Companies: Supporting America's Financial System," (with Tong Li, Apanard Angkinand, Yuan-Hsin Chiang and Li Li), Milken Institute Research Report, April 2011.
"Spillover Effects from the U.S. Financial Crisis: Some Time-Series Evidence from National Stock Returns," (with Apanard Angkinand, and Hyeongwoo Kim), The Financial and Economic Crises: An International Perspective, edited by Benton Gup, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010.
"WTO Commitments vs. Reported Practices on Foreign Bank Entry and Regulation: A Cross-Country Analysis," (with Juan Marchetti, Daniel Nolle, and Wanvimol Sawangngoenyuang), Oxford Handbook in Banking, edited by Allen Berger, Phil Molvenux, and John O.S. Wilson, 2010.
"Cross-border Bank Mergers and Acquisitions: What Pulls and Pushes Bank Together?" in 2010 American Institute of High Education 4th International Conference-Proceedings, Volume 3, Number 1, March 2010.
"Bank Regulation in the United States," (with Tong Li and Wenling Lu), CESifo Economic Studies, Vol. 56, 2010.
"The Financial Crisis: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go Next? New Evidence on How the Crisis Spread among Financial Institutions," (with Tong Li, Wenling Lu, and Glenn Yago), in Lessons from the Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Our Economic Future, edited by Robert Kolb, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
"Global Banking Regulation and Supervision: What Are the Issues and What Are the Practices?" (with Jie Gan and Daniel E. Nolle), Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009.
"Views and Insights on the Global Financial Crisis," in Lombard Street, Special Meltdown Edition, September 24, 2009.
The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Meltdown, with Tong Li, Wenling Lu, Triphon Phumiwasana, and Glenn Yago, John Wiley & Sons, 2009.