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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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Dividend Mathematics
pension Social Sciences
expenditures Social Sciences
funding Social Sciences
Small and medium-sized enterprises Business & Economics
firm's pension benefits Social Sciences
Finance Business & Economics
Entrepreneurs Business & Economics

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Projects 2015 2016

University Seed Corn Funding

Liu, W.


Project: Research-related funding

Research Output 2009 2019

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

Liu, W., Cowling, M. & Marlow, S., 18 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Small Business Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

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
Firm age
Global financial crisis
Access to finance
Small and medium-sized enterprises

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

Liu, W., 2017, (Accepted/In press).

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

Decomposing gender effects in the demand and supply of bank loans

Liu, W., Cowling, M. & Marlow, S., 2016, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper