Awarded jointly to Banking and Finance Professor Roman Matousek and Monetary Economics Professor Chau Le at the Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City (BUH), the Newton Mobility grant seeks to develop a new collaboration between the two institutions.
The research project, titled ‘The Global Financial Crisis and Spillovers of US Monetary Policy: Lessons from Vietnam’, will explore the effects of the Global Financial Crisis on bank performance in Vietnam.
Nearly £8,000 has been awarded for the project, which will benefit policymakers at national level. Matousek and Le will be joined on the research project by Dr Trong V Ngo, Banking University HCMC in Vietnam, and Professor Andy Mullineux from the University of Birmingham.
This collaboration will enable BUH to acquire skills in the advanced monetary economics. This is particularly timely because there has been considerable restructuring of the banking system in Vietnam. As a consequence, it is a key destination for foreign portfolio investment. This collaboration with BUH will position Kent Business School at the forefront of banking research in the ASEAN region.
Newton Mobility Grants provide support for international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These one-year awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past.
Professor Matousek’s research is predominantly focused on theoretical and empirical issues in bank efficiency, microeconomics of banking, financial crises, regulation, monetary policy and international finance. He is a member of the KBS research Centre for Quantitative Finance and Programme Director of the Kent Business School MSc International Banking and Finance programme.