|Assoc Prof Joseph Dennis Alba |
Division of Economics
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
- PhD University of Houston 1994
- MA Wichita State University 1988
- MBA University of the Philippines 1985
- BS University of the Philippines 1981
|Joseph is an Associate Professor in the Division of Economics at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined NTU as a Lecturer in December 1994. Before joining NTU, he was lecturer at the University of Houston, Texas, where he also received his Phd in Economics. He received his MA in Economics from Wichita State University, Kansas, and his MBA and BS in Engineering degrees from the University of the Philippines. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Joseph worked as an analyst in a bank.
Joseph has published widely in international economics journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, Economics Letters, Applied Economics, World Development, Economic Record, Journal of Policy Modeling, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Review of International Economics and Asian Economic Journal.
|Joseph's general areas of interest are in international macroeconomics, international trade and development economics. He is particularly interested in the determinants of exchange rates and the roles of exchange rate regimes in developing countries. He has examined the role of expectations in exchange rate determination and the factors that affect real exchange rates in developing countries. He also examines the impact of different shocks on economy of small developing countries under various exchange rate regimes.
His other area of interest is in the roles of exchange rates, relative wealth, banking crisis and corporate governance on foreign direct investment (FDI). He gets around the aggregation problems encountered by many researchers using aggregated data by using firm-level data. His research in this area answers why there are large fluctuations in FDI. In his work on FDI, he collaborates with Peiming Wang (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and Donghyun Park (Asian Development Bank).
Joseph has also started work on new economic geography, trade and foreign trade agreements (FTA) with Donghyun Park and Hur Jung (National University of Singapore, Singapore). In a recently concluded project, he and his collaborators use the theories in new economic geography to explain the patterns of trade. They are currently looking into the effect of multiple FTAs on trade.
|Current Projects |
- Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies in Response to Oil Price Shocks
- Hur, Jung, Alba, Joseph D., Park, Donghyun. (2010). Effects of Hub-and-Spoke Free Trade Agreements on Trade:A Panel Data Analysis. World Development, 38, 1105-1113.
- Alba, Joseph D., Park Donghyun, Wang Peiming. (2009). Corporate governance and merger and acquisition (M&A) FDI: firm-level evidence from Japanese FDI into the US. Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 18(1), 1-11.
- Ho Woon Yee, Wang Peiming, Alba, Joseph D.,. (2009). Merger and Acquisition FDI, relative wealth and relative access to bank credit: Evidence from a bivariate zero-inflated count model. International Review of Economics and Finance, 18(1), 26-30.
- Hur, Jung, Park Donghyun, Alba Joseph D. (2008). Economic geography in the presence of preferential trade agreements: An empirical analysis of OECD data. Applied Economics, 40(8), 1-11.
- Alba,Joseph D., Papell, David H. (2007). Purchasing Power Parity and Country Characteristics: Evidence from Panel Data. Journal of Development Economics, 83(1), 240-251.