Dr Jen-Chung Mei is a Research Associate with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. His research interests lie in the measurement of firm-level and sectoral-level productivity with a specific focus on understanding productivity trends in the UK as well as cross-country productivity comparisons. Jen is also interested in international economics where his current research explores various issues relating to foreign direct investment, multinational firms, productivity spillovers, multi-product firms (in terms of product scope and quality), and star-scientist recruitment policies.
Jen was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland Galway where he worked with a research team led by Professor John McHale and Dr Jason Harold to develop both theoretical and empirical models to help identify the impacts of star-scientist recruitment on research performance in small open economies. During this time, he also helped mentor two PhD students and published a policy brief examining ‘The Growth Effects of Foreign Direct Investment’ in the Whitaker Institute Policy Brief Series.
Jen has an MSc in Economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Sheffield. He has one paper that constructs new measures to estimate the vertical productivity spillovers from MNEs published in the International Review of Economics and Finance in 2021.