Nicholas Sim

Associate Professor Nicholas Sim

Head, Graduate Diploma in Analytics and Visualisation Programme

School of Business

Tel: +65 6248 0298

Email: bmljaG9sYXNzaW1jc0BzdXNzLmVkdS5zZw==

Educational Qualifications

  • 2010

    PhD (Economics), Boston College, Massachusetts USA

  • 2004

    Master in Social Sciences by Research, National University of Singapore

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honours), National University of Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2020 - Present

    Head of Programme, Graduate Programmes in Analytics and Visualisation

  • 2018 - Present

    Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • 2009 - 2018

    Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

Quantile Regression:

"Modeling the Dependence Structures of Financial Assets through the Copula Quantile-on-Quantile approach" (2016) International Review of Financial Analysis 48: 31-45. (Elsevier)

"Oil Prices, US Stock Return, and the Dependence Between Their Quantiles" with H Zhou (2015) Journal of Banking & Finance 55: 1-8. (Elsevier) Lead article.
- Top 2 most cited paper in JBF since 2015.

"Estimating the Correlation of Asset Returns: A Quantile Dependence Perspective", Handbook of Financial Econometrics and Statistics (C.F. Lee eds.), Springer-Verlag, New York

Development Studies:

"Do Exports Affect Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from the Baltic Dry Index and Panel Regressions with Cross-Sectional Dependence" with N Pham (2020) Journal of African Economies, In Press. (Oxford University Press)

"Is Climate Change that Harmful? New Evidence on the Mitigating Effect of Agricultural Adaptation" with K Huang (2020) Journal of Agricultural Economics, In Press. (Wiley)

"The Impact of Microcredit Loans on School Enrolment in Bangladesh" with J Kandulu, S Wheeler and A Zuo (2020) Journal of Development Studies 56: 1725-1744. (Wiley)

"Trade Uncertainty, Income, and Democracy" with J Tian, Y L and W Yan (2020) Economic Modelling 90: 21-31. (Elsevier)

"Shipping Cost and Development of the LLDCs: Panel Evidence from the Common Correlated Effects Approach" with N Pham (2020) The World Economy 43: 892-920. (Wiley)

"Gender Specific Effects of Exports on Work Decisions in Indonesia" with T Chesnokova and J Rupa (2019) Journal of International Trade and Economic Development 28: 686-711.

"Real Exchange Rate Misalignment and Civil Conflict: New Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa" with D Ambaw (2019) Oxford Economic Papers, In Press. (Oxford University Press)

"Did Rainfall Shocks Cause Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa? Implications of Data Revisions" with W Liang (2019), European Journal of Political Economy 60 (Article 101808). (Elsevier)

"Does the Presence of Foreign Firms Reduce Domestic Firms’ Financial Constraints in Sub-Saharan Africa?" with H Edjigu (2019) Journal of African Economies 4: 343–370. (Oxford University Press)

"The Effect of Language on Foreign Direct Investment" with X Feng and F Lin (2019) Oxford Economic Papers 71: 269–291. (Oxford University Press)

"Why do the Econometric-Based Studies on the Effect of Warming on Agriculture Disagree? A Meta-Analysis" with K Huang (2018) Oxford Economic Papers 70: 392–416. (Oxford University Press)

"Exports, HIV Incidence and the Baltic Dry Index: Further Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa" with F Lin (2015) Economics Letters 126: 35–9. (Elsevier)
- Featured in the National Affairs.

"Trade Openness and Government Size of Small Developing Countries" with F Lin and B Li (2014) The Economics of Transition 22: 783-808. (Wiley)

"Baltic Dry Index and the Democratic Window of Opportunity" with F Lin (2014) Journal of Comparative Economics 42: 143-59. (Elsevier)

"Trade, Income and the Baltic Dry Index" with F Lin (2013) European Economic Review 59: 1–18. (Elsevier) Lead article.

"Death of Distance and the Distance Puzzle" with F Lin (2013) Economics Letters 116: 225-8. (Elsevier)

Economic Growth, Macroeconomics and Finance:

"Does FDI Actually Affect Income Inequality? Insights from 25 Years of Research", with K Huang and H Zhao (2020), Journal of Economic Surveys 34: 630-659. (Wiley)

"Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Financial Performance and the Confounding Effects of Economic fluctuations: A Meta-Analysis", with D Huang and H Zhao (2020) International Review of Financial Analysis 70 (Article 101504). (Elsevier)

"Mergers, Acquisitions, and Bank Efficiency: Cross-Country Evidence from Emerging Markets" with K Du (2016) Research in International Business and Finance 36: 499-510. (Elsevier)

"Is Inflation Targeting or the Fixed Exchange Rate More Effective for Attracting FDI into Developing Countries?" with D Ambaw (2018) Applied Economics Letters 25: 499-503. (Taylor & Francis)

"Does Economic Growth Affect Urbanization? New Evidence from China and the Chinese National Congress" with Xiaobo He (2015) Journal of Asian Economics 36:62-71. (Elsevier)

"Death of Distance and the Distance Puzzle" with F Lin (2012) Economics Letters 116: 225-8. (Elsevier)

"Indeterminacy In A One-Sector Model Revisited: Demand Versus Supply-Side Indeterminacy" Singapore Economic Review 54: 183-196.

"Autarkic Indeterminacy and Trade Determinacy" with KW Ho (2007) International Journal of Economic Theory 3: 315-328. (Wiley)

"Indeterminacy and Market Instability" with KW Ho (2006) Economics Bulletin 5: 1-7. (AccessEcon)

"Indeterminacy, Stabilization Policy and Returns to Scale: A Re-Investigation" The B.E. Journalof Macroeconomics (Contributions) 5: 1-26. (Berkeley Electronic Press)

"Service Liberalization, Endogenous Industrial Composition and Modernization" (2005) Applied Economics Letters 12: 161-163. (Taylor & Francis)

"International Production Sharing and Economic Development: Moving Up the Value-Chain for a Small-Open Economy" (2004) Applied Economics Letters 11: 885-889. (Taylor & Francis)

General Social Issues:

"Astronomics in Action: The Graduate Earnings Premium and the Dragon Effect in Singapore" (2015) Economic Inquiry 53: 922-39. (Wiley)
- Featured in the Harvard Business Review, National Affairs.

"Analysis of Hospital cost Outcome of DHA-rich Fish-Oil Supplementation in Pregnancy: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial" with S Ahmed, M Makrides, A McPhee, J Quinlivan, R Gibson and W Umberger (2015) Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 103: 5-11.

"Did the AFL Equalization Policy Achieve the Evenness of the League?" with V. Masson and L Wedding (2014) Applied Economics 46: 4334-4344. (Taylor & Francis)
- Featured in ABC News, Adelaide Channel 7News.

"Are Married Women's Jobs Career or Secondary Source of Household Income? Evidence from a Simultaneous Probit Approach" (2007) Applied Economics Letters 14: 1029-1033 (Taylor & Francis)

"Environmental Keynesian Macroeconomics: Some Further Discussion" (2006) Ecological Economics 59: 401-405. (Elsevier)

Invited Book Review:

"An Introduction to Econometrics: A Self-Contained Approach, by Frank Westhoff (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2013)", Economic Record 91: 410-411. (Wiley)

  • 2016 - 2017

    Elected Council Member, Economic Society of Australia (SA branch)

  • 2016 - Present

    Member, Canadian Economic Association

  • 2014 - Present

    Member, Western Economic Association

  • 2010 - Present

    Member, Economic Society of Australia

  • 2009 - Present

    Member, American Economic Association

  • 2019

    Consultant for Asian Development Bank, Pacific Law Corporation

  • 2018 - Present

    Research Methodology Panel, SUSS

  • 2015 - 2018

    Convenor of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program, University of Adelaide

  • 2012 - 2014

    Member and Chair of the Recruitment Committee, University of Adelaide

  • 2012 - 2013

    Associate Dean, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide

Applied Econometrics, Development Economics

"The Impact of Microcredit Loans on School Enrolment in Bangladesh" with J Kandulu, S Wheeler and A Zuo, (under revision).

"Barriers to the Diffusion of Technology and Differences in Firms’ Productivity Across Countries" with D Ambaw, F Doko Tchatoka and H Edjjigu (under revision).

"Do Exports Affect Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from the Baltic Dry Index and Panel Regressions with Cross-Sectional Dependence" with N Pham (under revision).

"Is Climate Change that Harmful? New Evidence on the Mitigating Effect of Agricultural Adaptation" with K Huang.

"The Effect of Landlockedness on Trade: Evidence from a Natural Experiment" with D Ambaw and H Edjigu.

"Examining the Relationship between Farm Household’s Health and Economic Shocks and Food Security using a Consolidated Food Security Index: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh" with J Rupa, W Umberger, D Zeng.

"Genetically-Modified Crops and Conflict: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in Brazil" with W Liang.

"Agricultural Commodity Exchange and Trade in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Quasi-natural Experiment" with D Ambaw and H Edjigu.

"Geography, Slave Trade and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa" with P Lun.

"Population Diversity, Trust, and the Transmission of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa" with N Pham and P Lun.

"Does Non-U.S. Emergency Food Aid Increase Civil Conflict in the Recipient Countries?" with D Ambaw.

"Child Mortality in the LDCs: The Role of Trade, Institutions and Pollution" with N Pham.

"Do Transfers In-Kind Reduce Child Marriage? Evidence "Rice for Poor Families" in Indonesia" with N Baryshnikova and N Pham.

"ALIVE" with Zhijie Xiao (preliminary)

Applied Research Committee Grant, SUSS

Whole-Program Blending Grant, UoA

Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, UoA

Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, UoA; School of Economics Outstanding Supervision Award (Honours) UoA; School of Economics Outstanding Supervision Award (Postgraduate) UoA

Paula J. and Daniel J. Greeley Fellowship; Dissertation Fellowship, Boston College

Economic Society of Singapore Gold Medal (ranked 1st), NUS

Asian Development Bank

LKY School of Public Policy; University of Nottingham, Ningbo

Waseda Institute of Advanced Studies

Shandong University, University of Melbourne

Australian National University RSE Departmental Seminar; Australian National University Crawford School Departmental Seminar, Faculty of Professions Research 21 Invited Lecture, Economic Society of Australia (SA) Invited Lecture

Monash University

University of South Australia

University of Melbourne, Flinders University

Australian Conference for Economists

Singapore Economic Review Conference, Asian Meetings of the Econometric Society

Australian Conference for Economists

Symposium of Econometric Theory and Applications, Econometric Society Australasian Meetings

Australian Conference for Economists

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