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Dr Enjiang Cheng
Senior Research Fellow
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PhD (Dev Econ), Univ. of Melbourne; Grad Cert ( Micro-finance), Univ Colorado; BA (Agric Econ), Nanjing Agric University 

Professional experience
Dr Enjiang Cheng has returned to VISES in 2014. He has worked in China from 2009 to 2013 first as the Chief Research Coordinator with the International Poverty Reduction in China and then as a Senior Economist for Citibank in China. He was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University from 1999 to 2009. He was previously Research Fellow at the Chinese Economies Research Unit, Dept of Economics, University of Adelaide, as part of an ARC funded Project from 1997-99. Before this he was Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the same Centre from 1994-97 on an ACIAR Funded Project in collaboration with ANU and Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. From 1993 to 1994 he was Research Officer at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies. In 1993 he was part-time lecturer at Deakin University.



Xu Zhong, Zhang Xuechun and Cheng, E. 2009, The Government and Market for Rural Finance in the Poor Areas of China: Our Investigation, China Financial Press, Beijing.

Cheng, E. and Xichuan Liu 2007, Rural Finance and Microfinance in China, Zhejiang University Press.

Cheng, E. (with Xie P, Xu Z and Shen M) 2005, Establishing a Framework for Sustainable Rural Finance – Demand and Supply Analysis in the PBC, Asia Development Bank, Manila, ISBN 971-561-586-4.

Findlay, C., Watson, A., Cheng, E. and Zhu, G. (eds) 2003, Rural Finance in China, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra.

Cheng E. 2001, China: Overcoming Rural Poverty, A World Bank Country Study, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., (co-author, leading the writing on chapters in Micro-finance, Rural Finance and Enterprise Development).

Sheehan, P., Pappas, N. and Cheng, E. 1994, The Rebirth of Australian Industry: Australian Trade in Elaborately Transformed Manufactures 1979-1993, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

 Chapters in books

Cheng, E. 2008, ‘Micro-finance movement in China: Lessons and Initiatives for enlarged ASEAN economies’, in Tran Van Hoa and C. Harvie (eds), Regional Trade Agreements in Asia, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Cheng, E. 2006, ‘A review of the microfinance movement in China’, in B. Grewal and M. Kumnick (eds), Engaging the New World: Responses to the Knowledge Economy, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

Cheng, E. 2005, ‘Case Study I: Yixian Rural Microfinance Program’, in Cao Zijuan (ed.) China Microcredit Development Research, pp. 198-212, China Economic Press, Beijing.

Cheng, E. 2005, ‘Case Studiy II: Tianjin Urban Microfinance Program’, in Cao Zijuan (ed.) China Microcredit Development Research, pp. 213-229, China Economic Press, Beijing.

 Cheng, E. 2004, ‘Financing Small and Micro-Enterprises in Rural Areas’, in R. Garnaut and L. Song (eds), Private Enterprises in China, RoutledgeCurzon.

Cheng, E. 2003, ‘Microfinance in rural China’, in C. Findlay, A. Watson, E. Cheng and G. Zhu (eds), Rural Financial Markets in China, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra.

Cheng, E. 2003, ‘Rural Financial Markets and Institutions: New Developments’, in R. Garnaut and L. Song (eds), New Engine of World Growth, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra..

Cheng, E. and Cheng, Y. 2003, ‘Banking reform and the separation of policy and commercial loans’, in C. Findlay, A. Watson, E. Cheng and G. Zhu (eds), Rural Financial Markets in China, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra.

Cheng, E., Findlay, C. and Watson, A. 2003, ‘Institutional Innovation without Regulation: The collapse of China’s Rural Credit Cooperatives and Lessons for Further Financial Reforms in China’, in C. Findlay, A. Watson, E. Cheng and G. Zhu (eds), Rural Financial Markets in China, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra.

Wan, G.H. and Cheng, E. 2000, ‘A Micro-empirical Analysis of Land Fragmentation and Scale Economies in Rural China’, in Yongzheng Yang and Weiming Tian (eds) China’s Agriculture at the Crossroads, Macmillan.

Cheng E. 1999, ‘Supply of Funds for Grain Purchases in China Since the Middle 1980s’, in C. Findlay and A. Watson (eds) Food Security and Economic Reform: The Challenges Facing China’s Grain Marketing System, Macmillan.

Cheng, E. 1999, ‘Productivity Gain from Farmer Education: Fact or Fiction?’, K. Kalirajan and Y. Wu (eds), Productivity and Growth in Chinese Agriculture, Macmillan.

Cheng E. 1998, ‘Grain Market Reform in China: Global Implications’, in C. Findlay (ed.) ACIAR Technical Report 43, Australian Center for International Agricultural Research, Canberra.

Cheng, E. 1998, ‘Credit for Poverty Alleviation and Links with Formal and Informal Financial Institutions in China: A Preliminary Study of Results from the Surveys of Five Provinces in China’, in Liu Wenpu (ed.), The Theory and Practice of Microfinance for Poverty Alleviation in Rural China, China Economic Publication House, China.

Cheng, E. with L. R. Malcolm 1994, ‘Reform of Rural Credit Co-operatives in China’, in Chinese Economy in Transition, Department of Economics and Asian Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide. Cheng, E. 1989, ‘Financing the Households Sector in Rural Jiangsu Province’, in Economic Issues in China, National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University, Canberra.

Referred journal articles

Cheng E. and Li. R. 2009, ‘Community development fund: A new vehicle for poverty alleviation in China’, Public Finance and Management, vol. 9, no. 1. ISSN: 1523-9721.

 Huang Z., Liu, X., Cheng, E. 2009, ‘An empirical explanation for the low participation in the formal financial markets by farmers in the poor areas of China’, Economic Research Journal, vol. 44, no. 492, April.

Liu, X. and Cheng, E. 2009, ‘Credit constraints for households in China’s poor rural areas: An empirical study based on the credit rationing model’, Chinese Rural Economy (Monthly), n 6, pp.37-50.

Liu, X., Huang, Z. and Cheng, E. 2009, ‘Farmers’ demand for formal credit in the poor areas: Direct identification and empirical analysis’, Journal of Financial Research, April, no. 346.

Cheng, E. and Ahmed, A. 2008, ‘Demand for credit: A determining factor for low coverage of microfinance’. China Economic Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 1391-1414.

Cheng, E. and Li, R. 2008, ‘Community development funds: A new vehicle for poverty alleviation in China?’, Public Finance and Management, no. 4.

Huang, Z., Lui, X. and Cheng, E. 2007, ‘The credit demand of China’s farmers: Production or consumption’, Management World, no. 3, pp. 74-80, (top Chinese journal in economics and management, ISSN 1002-5502, website: www.mwm.com.cn).

Cheng, E. and Ahmed, A. 2008, ‘The demand for credit as a determinant for microfinance outreach: Evidence from 4 counties in Northern China’, China Economic Quarterly.

Isern, J., Cheng, E. and Xu, Z. 2007, ' Supply of Financial Services in China: A Study of Financial Services in China: A Study of Domestic Money Transfers ', Asian Pacific Journal of Finance and Business Review, vol. 1, no. 1. (refereed, Ulrichs)

Liu, X., Huang, Z. and Cheng, E. 2007, ‘Micro-credit changing from targeting the poor to targeting the rich, description and theoretical explanation: Based on a survey to farmers households in micro-credit projects implemented areas of three provinces’, Chinese Rural Economy (monthly), vol. 8, no. 272, pp. 23-34.

Liu Xi-chuan, Jin Ling and Cheng, E. 2006, ‘Promote rural financial reform and expand the microfinance market for the poor’, Chinese Rural Economy, series 260, no. 8, pp.74-78.

Cheng, E. with Z. Xu 2004, ‘Rate of Interest, Credit Supply and China’s Rural Development’, Savings and Development, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 131-156.

Chu, B., Cheng, E. and Pian, Y. 2004, ‘Appraisal of reform of rural credit cooperatives in Jiangsu Province of China’, Chinese Rural Economy, no. 5, pp. 40–45.

Xu, Z. and Cheng, E. 2004, ‘Financial market, rate of interest, and china’s rural economic development’, Financial Research, December..

Cheng, E., Chu, B. and Liu, D. 2003, ‘The Reform of China’s Rural Credit Cooperatives, Financial Performance, Subsidies and Policy Implementations: The Case of Jiangsu’, Journal of Financial Research, vol. 3, no. 273, pp. 98-104.

Cheng, E. and Wan, G. 2001,’Effects of Land Fragmentation and Returns to Scale in the Chinese Farming Sector’, Applied Economics, vol. 33, pp. 183-194.

Cheng, E. with Cheng Yuk-shing 1998, ‘Banking Reform and the Separation of Policy and Commercial Loans in China’, MOCT MOST: Economic Policy in Transitional Economies, Special Issue: Financial Reforms in China, vol. 8, no. 3.

Cheng, E. with C. Findlay and A. Watson 1998, ‘We Are Not Financial Institutions: Financial Innovation Without Regulation in China’s Rural Credit Foundations’, MOCT MOST: Economic Policy in Transitional Economies, Special Issue: Financial Reforms in China, vol. 8, no. 3.

Cheng, E. 1997,  ‘Market Reforms and Provision of Credit for Grain Purchases in China’, The China Quarterly, no. 151, September, pp. 633-653.

Cheng, E. with T. Nguyen 1997, ‘Productivity Gain of Farmer Education: Fact or Fiction’, The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 41, no. 4, December, pp. 471-97.

Cheng, E. with T. Nguyen, and C. Findlay 1996, ‘Land Fragmentation and Productivity’, China Economic Review, vol. 7, no. 2, Special Issue: Agricultural Reform: Evidence from the CERU/MOA Survey, pp.169-80.

Cheng, E. 1993, ‘Housing Expenditure and Chinese Rural Development: Preliminary Results from a Household Survey in Jiangsu Province’, Journal of International Development, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 313-324.