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Research interests

I hold a PhD in Finance and MSc in Economics from University of Exeter Business School. My primary interests include corporate pension funds; the financing of early-stage, high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurial firms; and directors’ compensation. I am also actively involved in research on small business growth dynamics; and government policies on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. I have published extensively in leading academic journals, and has been commissioned by both national governments and international institutions to conduct policy-focused research on entrepreneurship policy and policy evaluation. Prior to joining University of Bath, I was Associate Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Renmin University of China. I have also held positions at Exeter Business School and UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Pension scheme and corporate investment, financing and/or payout decisions; Financing of SMEs and entrepreneurial businesses.

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Liu, W.


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Research Output

Gender and Bank Lending after the Global Financial Crisis: Are Women Entrepreneurs Safer Bets?

Liu, W., Cowling, M. & Marlow, S., 13 Apr 2019, In : Small Business Economics. p. 1-28 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
30 Downloads (Pure)

Market Consolidation, Market Growth, or New Market Development? Owner, Firm, and Competitive Determinants

Cowling, M., Liu, W., Yue, W. & Do, H., 2019, In : International Review of Entrepreneurship. 17, 1, p. 17-36 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Did firm age, experience, and access to finance count? SME performance after the global financial crisis

Cowling, M., Liu, W. & Zhang, N., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 28, 1, p. 77-100 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    139 Downloads (Pure)

    Gender and bank lending to SMEs after the global financial crisis: are women safer bets?

    Liu, W., 2017, (Acceptance date).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Access to Bank Finance for UK SMEs in the Wake of the Recent Financial Crisis

    Cowling, M., Liu, W. & Zhang, N., 13 Jul 2016, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. 22, 6, p. 903-932

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    9 Citations (Scopus)
    150 Downloads (Pure)