Michael Pettis

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Pettis, an expert on China’s economy, is professor of finance at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, where he specializes in Chinese financial markets.

Michael Pettis is a nonresident senior fellow in the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. An expert on China’s economy, Pettis is professor of finance at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, where he specializes in Chinese financial markets. 

From 2002 to 2004, he also taught at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management and, from 1992 to 2001, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Institute of Latin American Studies Advisory Board at Columbia University as well as the Dean’s Advisory Board at the School of Public and International Affairs.

Pettis worked on Wall Street in trading, capital markets, and corporate finance since 1987, when he joined the sovereign debt trading team at Manufacturers Hanover (now JPMorgan). Most recently, from 1996 to 2001, Pettis worked at Bear Stearns, where he was managing director principal heading the Latin American capital markets and the liability management groups. He has also worked as a partner in a merchant-banking boutique that specialized in securitizing Latin American assets and at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he headed the emerging markets trading team.

In addition to trading and capital markets, Pettis has been involved in sovereign advisory work, including for the Mexican government on the privatization of its banking system, the Republic of Macedonia on the restructuring of its international bank debt, and the South Korean Ministry of Finance on the restructuring of the country’s commercial bank debt.

He formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of ABC-CA Fund Management Company, a Sino–French joint venture based in Shanghai. He is the author of several books, including The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy (Princeton University Press, 2013).


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    • October 14, 2010

    Xin Fa'an: A Modest Proposal to Resolve the Coming Trade War

    In order to sustain economic growth during its transition toward a more balanced economy and help keep U.S. demand for Chinese exports high, Beijing should invest in the U.S. transportation infrastructure.

    • October 06, 2010

    What Happens if the RMB Is Forced to Revalue?

    China will likely expand access to cheap credit even as it revalues its currency in the coming months, counterbalancing the effects of revaluation and further exacerbating China's economic imbalances.

    • September 29, 2010

    The Politics of Chinese Adjustment

    Political concerns will dominate Beijing's economic decision-making as Chinese leaders seek a gradual adjustment that will balance competing constituencies.

    • August 10, 2010

    Chinese Consumption and the Japanese "Sorpasso"

    The only way to sustainably increase Chinese domestic consumption is to bolster the share of national income belonging to households by transitioning away from the Asian development model that led to Japan’s economic decline.

    • July 20, 2010

    Do Sovereign Debt Ratios Matter?

    There is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the current debt crisis, since there is no simple way to determine whether a country will default and the necessary major global adjustments have not yet taken place.

    • June 15, 2010

    China: Where's the Inflation?

    Rising inflation rates will likely trigger a decline in real interest rates, further decreasing the cost of capital and worsening the imbalance between China’s national GDP and average household income.

    • June 01, 2010

    The Shanghai Market Isn’t Really Predicting Anything

    Shanghai’s markets will go up and down, but they are not driven by investor evaluation of long-term growth prospects. China does not yet posses the tools to make such evaluation useful, so be careful about reading too much into the stock market numbers.

    • May 19, 2010

    Don't Misread the Trade Implications of the Euro Crisis for China

    The Euro crisis, rather than reducing the urgency for China to revalue its currency and adjust its trade policy, may in fact require that China react much more aggressively than originally planned.


MBA, Finance, Columbia University
MIA, Development Economics, Columbia University

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