Dr. Michael Lim Mah Hui has in-depth knowledge and practical experience in the fields of international finance, economics and politics.

Most recently, his working paper titled. “Old Wine in New Bottle: Subprime Mortgage Crisis – Causes and Consequences” published by the Levy Economics Institute was listed in the Social Science Research Network’s (SSRC) Top Ten download list for CL: Consumer Credit and Payment Issues. It also made it to the 25 most popular working papers in the top 700 over economic journals monitored by RePec.

Below are some articles he has written and published; and a partial list of events that he has attended as an invited speaker:

  • “Developers’ Loans: A Recipe for Disaster.” In Free Malaysia Today, September 10, 2016.
  • “Road to Folly: Will Building More Roads Solve Traffic Congestion” in Malaysiakini, May 18, 2016
  • “Financial Stability and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Lessons from Chile and Malaysia.” Co-author with Ricardo Ffrench-Davis, Kevin P Gallagher, Katherine Soverel. In Global Policy, October 6, 2015.
  •  “Globalization, Export-Led Growth and Inequality: The East Asian Story” in South Centre, Research Paper No. 57, November 2014.
  • “Shadow Banking Risks Test Southeast Asian Leaders.” in Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, May 6, 2014
  • “Southeast Asian Market Carries Growing Risks.” in Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, 21 Feb 2014
  • “Evidence of Rising Inequality in Asia Poses Challenge.” In Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, 26 July 2013.
  • “Why We Should be Concerned about BITs, FTAs and TPPA” in the Edge, Malaysia. June 24, 2013.
  • “Is Inequality a Function of Individual Ability, Performance?” in the Edge, September 17, 2012.
  • “Why We Should be Concerned about BITs, FTAs and TPPA” in the Edge, Malaysia. June 24, 2013.
  • “Is Inequality a Function of Individual Ability, Performance?” in the Edge, September 17, 2012.
  • “Malaysia Needs to Maintain Capital Regulation Tools” with Kevin Gallagher. In the Edge, March 5,2012.
  • “Asian Initiatives at Monetary and Financial Integration: A Critical Review.” Research Paper No. 46, July 2012, South Centre.
  • “How Malaysia Weathered the Financial Crisis: Policies and Possible Lessons.” Co-author, S.K.Goh. In How To Prevent the Next Crisis: Lessons from Country Experiences of the Great Financial Crisis. Ed. Aniket Bhushan, The North-South Institute, Ottawa, 2012.
  • “Financial Liberalization and The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Singapore.” With Jaya Maru. In The Financial Crisis and Asian Developing Countries, pp 223-264. Edited by Yilmaz Akyuz. Penang, Third World Network. 2011.
  • “The Impact of Global Financial Crisis: The Case of Malaysia.” Co-author with Goh Soo Khoon. In The Financial Crisis and Asian Developing Countries. Edited by Yilmaz Akyuz, pp 315-334. Penang, Third World Network. 2011.
  • “Inequality and Financial Crisis: From Marx to Morgan Stanley.” Co-author, Hoe-Ee Khor. In Development and Change, 42, No.1. January 2011, pp. 209-227.
  • “Re-examining Penang State Finances and Governance.” Co-author with Suresh Narayan and Ong Wooi Leng, in Pilot Studies for a New Penang, pp 189-222. Edited by Ooi Kee Beng and Goh Ban Lee. Singapore, ISEAS, 2010.
  • “From Servant to Master: The Financial System and the Financial Crisis.” Journal of Applied Research in Accounting and Finance, Vol.4 No.2, 2009, pp.12-19.
  • “Fix Income and Wealth Imbalances Too.” Straits Times, Singapore. August 18, 2009.
  • “Financial Liberalization and The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Singapore.” Paper presented at the Third World Network Workshop on “ The Effects of the Global Financial Crisis on Asian Developing Countries and Policy Responses and Lessons, August 18-20, 2009. Traders Hotel, Penang.
  • “Re-examining State Finances and Governance: The Challenge for Penang.” Paper presented at the Penang Outlook Forum 2009, June, 1-2, 2009. E&O Hotel, Penang.
  • “From Derivatives to Driver: Financial System and Financial Crisis.” Paper presented at the Regional Outlook Forum of the Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore, January 7, 2009
  • “Structural Ills Call For Fresh Antidote.”  Straits Times, Singapore, December 5, 2008.
  • “Financial Crisis Sends Bush Standing on His Head”, the Philippines Inquirer, September 28, 2008.
  • “Triple Witches Brew“, Bangkok Post, August 17, 2008.
  • “How Should We View the Attempt by Pakatan Rakyat to Capture Federal Government” in Malaysia Today and Malaysiakini,  April 2008.
  • “Old Wine in New Bottle: Subprime Mortgage Crisis – Causes and Consequences.” Working Paper # 532,  published by the Levy Economics Institute, April , 2008.
  • “Subprime Crisis Metastasizes” Philippines Inquirer, March 30, 2008.
  • “Subprime Mortgage Meltdown: Roots of Crisis” Philippines Inquirer, November 18, 2007.
  • “The Carry Trade and the Current Financial Turmoil.” Third World Resurgence, July-August, 2007.
  • “The Role of Women in the International Division of Labor: The Case of Thailand” in Development and Change, Vol.20, 1989, pp. 269-294. Co-authors Douglas Porpora and Usanee Prommas.
  • “Capitalism and Democracy in Malaysia” in Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 16, No.1, 1988, pp- 92-106. Co-author Douglas Porpora.
  • “Contradictions in the Development of Malay Capital” in Sociology of Developing Societies: Southeast Asia, pp. 19-32. Macmillan, London, 1988. Edited by John Taylor and Andrew Turton.
  • “The Political and Economic Factors of Migration to Bangkok” in Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 17, No.1, 1987, pp. 76-89. Co-author Douglas Porpora.
  • “Singapore Corporations Go Transnational” in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. XVII, No.2 September, 1986, pp. 336-365.
  • “Affirmative Action, Ethnicity and Integration – the Case of Malaysia” in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 8, No.2, April 1985, pp. 250-276.
  • “Emergence of Malaysian Transnational Corporations in the 1970s” in Asian Profile, Vol. 12, No. 4, August 1984, pp.339-366.
  • “Industrial Development in Malaysia and the Dependency Debate” in Unreal Growth, Hindustan Publishing Company, 1984, pp. 357-377. Edited by Ngo Manh Lan.
  • “Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the New International Economic Order, in Global Political Economy in the 1980s, pp 273-302. Schenkman Publishing Co. Inc. Cambridge, Mass. 1982.  Edited by Michael Stohl and Harry Targ.
  • “Ethnic and Class Relations in Malaysia” in Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol.10, Nos.1-2, 1980, pp. 130-154.

Public Lectures:

Various versions and updates on the U.S. Subprime meltdown and on-going financial crisis have been delivered at the following places:

1.    Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines on November 15, 2007
2.    Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines,  November 22, 2007
3.    University of Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines, November 23, 2007
4.    Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines, November 29, 2007
5.    32nd Annual Conference of the Federationof ASEAN Economics Association, Bangkok, Thailand,  December 8, 2007
6.    Gerakan Public Lecture Series, Penang, Malaysia, December 14, 2007.
7.    Bankers Association of Singapore and Economics Society of Singapore,  January 29, 2008
8.    Malaysian Economics Society and Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, January 30, 2008.
9.    Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 2008
10.    Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, Japan, April 17, 2008
11.    Center for SE Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, April 21, 2008
12.   Lecture on “The Recent Elections and Malaysia’s Changing Political Landscape” in Southeast Asian Program, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, June  17, 2008.
13.    Expert Workshop on Regional Policy Dialogue on Financing for Development,  ESCAP, U.N., Bangkok, Thailand, June 19, 2008
14.    Penang Economic Seminar on Global Economic Trends and Its Impact on Penang and Malaysia, Penang, August 2, 2008.
15.    Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 14, 2008
16.    Panel member in “Star Property & Home Fair 2008 Round Table Discussion” in Penang, Malaysia, August 22, 2008
17.    Seminar on Global Financial Turmoil, Capital Flows and Policy Responses”, Penang, Malaysia, August 26-28, 2008.
18  . NM Governor’s Address on the Malaysian Economy & Panel Discussion, in Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Kuala Lumpur, March 25, 2009.
19.   Asian Conference on the International Financial Crisis: Analysis,
Alternatives, Action. Topic, “Understanding the Financial Markets and How the Crisis Unfolded in the Financial System”, in Port Dickson, Malaysia on April 14-17, 2009.
20.    Salzburg Global Seminar – Session 462, “The Search for Stability: Financial Crisis, Major Currencies and a New Monetary Order” in Salzburg, April 18 – 22, 2009.
21.  Penang Outlook Forum 2009 – “Restructuring & Reshaping Penang”, E&O Hotel, June 1-2, 2009.
22. Turkish Economic Association 2010 – “The Global Economy after the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities” (http://www.teacongress.org/), September 1-3 2010.
23.  Conference on Global Financial Turbulence: Options for Developing Countries,Organized by the South Centre In Cooperation with CAP and TWN, International Labour Organization,  May 25, 2011



2 Responses to “Experience”

  1. Diane de Terra Says:

    Dear Mah Hui,

    Happy New Year!

    Returning to Penang around 7 February to vist friends and complete follow up research on 1975 -1979 fieldwork!!!!

    Delighted to see you on your impressive website. Any chance you will be in Penang?
    I am looking for field assistants to help me with follow up interviews. Alas, I no longer speak a word of Hokkien. Would you know of anyone who would like to assist for a couple weeks when I return to my original site. The family I lived with has welcomed me on my last visits when I was filming but now I want to conduct interviews before the Kampong is razed.

    Hope this reaches you! Will try your gmail account now

    Best wishes,

  2. Tony 隆吉 Says:

    Hi Mah Hui

    Found your blog accidentally, really “Nowhere To Hide”!


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