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.
His most recent books are Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us, MIT Press in 2012, Fixing the Housing Market: Financial Innovations for the Future, Wharton School Publishing-Pearson in 2012, and Research Handbook on International Banking and Governance, MIT Press in 2012. 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 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.
The following is an updated list of select publications (2012-13)
"Systemically Important Banks in the Post-Crisis Era" (with Chris Brummer, Tong Li, and Daniel E. Nolle), Milken Institute Research Report, September 2013.
"Do Bank Regulation, Supervision and Monitoring Enhance or Impede Bank Efficiency? " (with Chen Lin, Yue Ma, Jesus Seade, and Frank M. Song), Journal of Banking and Finance, 37, 2013.
"The Fed's Rough Road Ahead" (with Apanard (Penny) Prabha), The Milken Institute Review, Third Quarter 2013.
"Chapter 24: Reforms of China's Banking System" (with Li Li, Tong Li and Frank Song), The Evidence and Impact of Financial Globalization, Pages 345-353, 2013.
"Chapter 25: Policy Issues of China's Financial Globalization" (with Li Li, Tong Li and Frank Song), The Evidence and Impact of Financial Globalization, Pages 355-365, 2013.
"Measure It, Improve It: Bank Regulation and Supervision in 180 Countries 1999-2011" (with Gerard Caprio, Jr. and Ross Levine), Milken Institute Research Report, April 2013.
"Breaking (Banks) Up is Hard to Do: New Perspective on 'Too Big To Fail'" (with Apanard (Penny) Prabha), Milken Institute Research Report, February 2013.
"Bank Regulation and Supervision in 180 Countries from 1999 to 2011" (with Gerard Caprio, Jr. and Ross Levine), Wharton Financial Institutions Center, January 2013.
"The Evolution and Impact of Bank Regulations" (with Gerard Caprio, Jr. and Ross Levine), World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, December 2012.
"Restructuring the U.S. Housing Market" (with Franklin Allen, and Glenn Yago), Restructuring Financial Infrastructure to Speed Recovery, Brookings-Nomura-Wharton Conference on Financial Markets, October 26, 2012.
"Should We Impose Even Higher Taxes on U.S. Banks? " (with Nan (Annie) Zhang), Milken Institute Blog, October 26, 2012.