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Dr Chen Xu

Dr Chen Xu

Research Associate

Cardiff Business School

+44 29 2087 4255
T05, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Dr Chen Xu is a Research Associate at Welsh Economy Research Unit, she currently works on a Superfast Broadband project funded by European Commision and Welsh Goverment, focuses on estimating the impact of superfast broadband adoption on Welsh regional development. Before joinning Cardiff University, Chen was a Research Fellow in the Economics of Brexit at UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO), a partnership between University of Sussex and Chatham House. She investigated how UK firms are integrated with EU and non-EU firms, markets and regions to give policy implications for trade and Brexit during then.

Chen also has great interests in developing Satellite Accounts for unconventional activities (e.g tourism and ICT). Chen has developed a Tourism Satellite Account for Wales with regional and non-regional capital distinguished, and she has been invited to speak at United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) events as a result. Her other research interests include regional economics, servitization, digital innovation, servicification, and trade. Over the years of carrying out different research projects, Chen becomes very familiar with various firm level confidential datasets from Office of National Statistics (ONS) and has developed speciality in dealing with trade datasets from HM Revenue & Custom (HMRC) through secure access, and she is an experienced accredited researcher at both ONS SRS and HMRC datalab.

2019.1-present   Research Associate,  Welsh Economy Research Unit, Cardiff University

2018.1-2019.1    Research Fellow in Economics of Brexit, UK Trade Policy Observatory, Sussex University

2014.10-2017.12 PhD in Economics, Cardiff University

2013.10-2014.9   MRes in Economics, Cardiff University

2012.10-2013.9   MSc in Economics (Distinction), Cardiff University

Development Economics

Financial Economics

Introduction to Economics

Quantitative Methods

Principle of Finance

Presessional Maths

Work in progress

Regional economics modelling

Tourism satellite account

ICT satellite account

Territoral servitization in Wales

Regional impact of digital innovation

Servicification and servitization of UK firms

How UK firms trade with EU and non-EU markets

How firm's location affects firm's trade behaviour

Other Interests

Input Output tables

Social Accounting Matrix

CGE modelling

Foreign Direct Investment


Xu, Chen 2017. Tourism industries and tourism foreign direct investment in Wales. Welsh Economic Review 25 , pp. 37-41.

Areas of expertise