Mei Li | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Mei Li

Associate Professor of Economics
Department of Economics and Finance
Phone number: 
ext. 52187
MacKinnon (MCKN), Room 745

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Areas of Specialization: banking, financial stability, financial regulation, international finance, and information in Macroeconomics

Mei Li joined the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph in 2007. She received a BA and MA in International Economics from Wuhan University, and an MA and PhD both in Economics, from Queen's University.

Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Financial Services Research, Canadian Journal of Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, and China Economic Review. She is currently working on speculative capital in foreign exchange markets, BigTechs in financial intermediation, and central bank digital currency.

Banking, Financial Stability, and International Finance

Mei Li, and Junfeng Qiu, 2023, "Information advantages, excessive risk-taking, and capital regulation for BigTechs in financial intermediation," China Economic Review, vol. 80.

Mei Li, 2023, "Market expectation management and renminbi exchange rate policy under depreciation pressure," China Economic Journal, 16(1), 63-79.

Mei Li, Frank Milne, and Junfeng Qiu, 2022, "Central bank screening, moral hazard, and the lender of last resort policy," Journal of Banking Regulation, vol. 23(3), pages 244-264.

Mei Li, Frank Milne, and Junfeng Qiu, 2019, "The LOLR Policy and Its Signaling Effect in a Time of Crisis", Journal of Financial Services Research. (

Mei Li, Frank Milne, and Junfeng Qiu, 2016, “Uncertainty in an Interconnected Financial System, Contagion, and Market Freezes”, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 48 (6), 1135-1168. (

Mei Li and Frank Milne, 2014, “The Role of a Large Trader in a Dynamic Currency Attack Model”, Journal of Financial Intermediation, 23 (4), 590-620. (
Mei Li, 2013, “Investment Complementarities, Coordination Failure, and Systemic Bankruptcy”, Oxford Economic Papers, 65 (4), 767-788. (

Mei Li and Junfeng Qiu, 2013, “Speculative Capital Inflows, Adaptive Expectations, and the Optimal Renminbi Appreciation Policy”, China Economic Review, 25, 117-138. (

Mei Li, 2012, “Coordination Failure in Investment, Economic Growth, and Volatility,” The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics: Vol. 12: Iss. 1 (Topics), Article 7. (

Mei Li and Junfeng Qiu, 2011, “Endogenous Inflows of Speculative Capital and the Optimal Currency Appreciation Path”,Canadian Journal of Economics, 44 (1), 364-379.(

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