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Saite Lu

Saite Lu

Title: Essays on Global Imbalances and Financial Crisis

Supervisor: Kenneth Coutts

Sidney Sussex College


Saite Lu is currently a fourth year PhD candidate at the Centre of Development Studies. He is an applied macroeconomist with a huge passion for economic development. He grew up in China, studied in the UK, and has spent several years as an economist working in various countries. His most recent experience was with the Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone, where he was a Senior Economist/ODI Fellow. Upon completion of the fellowship, he continues to work as a macro-fiscal adviser for the Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI), providing technical support to the governments of Sierra Leone and South SudanHe also actively engaged in the research on microfinance in Bangladesh and multidimensional poverty measurement with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. 

He has an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Economics from the University of Ulster. 

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Interactions between the financial sector and the real economy, Development Finance, China-Africa


Faculty of Economics: PartIIA International Trade and Development; PartIIB Macroeconomic Principles and Problems; PartIIB Development Economics

Judge Business School: MS2 Quantitative Methods; MS3 Economics of Firms and Markets; MSE9 International Business Economics

Department of Engineering: 3E1 Business Economics

Key Publications

Lu, S., 2020. TFP growth and social capital: an empirical analysis. Working paper. Bennett Institute for Public Policy. University of Cambridge (work in progress)

Lu, S., 2020. Chinese infrastructure investment in Africa. In: De Cremer, D., McKern, B., and Mcguire, J., ed. The Belt and Road Initiative: opportunities and challenges of a Chinese economic ambition. London: Sage

Lu, S., Shen, J. H., Li, W., & Zhang, J., 2019. A Theory of Economic Development and Dynamics of Chinese Economy. Economic Modelling.

Lu, S., 2018. An Overview of China's International Development Finance, Agenda for International Development

Lu, S., 2017. China's Role in South Sudan's Economic Development, Agenda for International Development, URL:


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