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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 PhD

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

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Projects 2015 2016

University Seed Corn Funding

Liu, W.

1/10/1530/09/16

Project: Research-related fundingInternally Funded Research

Research Output 2009 2018

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

Global financial crisis
Entrepreneurs
Business performance

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

Decomposing gender effects in the demand and supply of bank loans

Liu, W., Cowling, M. & Marlow, S. 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Economic Recession and the Financing of High-tech SMEs

Liu, W. & Cowling, M. 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper