Personalborn in Shanghai, China, in 1964.
EducationPh.D, University of California, Berkeley.
Academic AppointmentsN.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, Professor of Finance and Economics (Business School), and Professor of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), at Columbia University. Chief Economist and Director General of Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank, 2014 - 2016. Director of the Working Group on the Chinese Economy, and Research Associate, of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Professor Wei is a noted scholar on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China's economy issues. He is a recipient of the Sun Yefang Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Economics (for the invention of the Competitive Saving Motive published in Journal of Political Economy), the Zhang Peifang Prize for Contributions to Economics of Development (for pioneering work on measurement of global value chains published in American Economic Review). Prof. Wei's research has been published in top finance and economics academic journals and has been reported in leading international news media. He serves on editorial boards for various finance, and economics journals.