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Mengli Sha is a Senior Economist in the Finance Practice at Bates White. She received her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in macroeconomics, household finance, and applied microeconomics. She has extensive experience with household surveys, micro data sets (including large-scale data), and numerical methods for complicated computation.

In her doctoral studies, she applied structural models with heterogeneous agents to micro data to understand empirical patterns that have important aggregate implications. In her dissertation, she built an equilibrium model of heterogeneous agents with a novel ingredient of endogenous lender choice that accounts for the heterogeneity in bank and nonbank lenders to study the different effects of bank and nonbank credit shocks on consumer spending in the automobile market. Her other research focuses on stock market investors and new energy vehicles.


PhD, Economics, Pennsylvania State University

MA, Economics, University of Tokyo

BA, Economics, Fudan University


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