Biography


Sophia Chen is an economist at the International Monetary Fund. She currently works in the Macro Financial Division in the Research Department. She was previously a desk economist for Cyprus in the European Department. She has broad-ranging research interests in macroeconomics and finance, with a specialty in macro-financial linkages, banking, and corporate finance. 

Her research focuses on three areas: (1) macro-financial linkages and financial intermediary, (2) agency models and implications for corporate finance, and (3) intangible investment and R&D tax policy. 

At the IMF, she develops analytical tools for macro-financial surveillance and contributes to external and internal publications on monetary and financial sector policies. She also reviews IMF operations in Cyprus and Greece. As a desk economist for Cyprus, she was responsible for the monitoring and assessment of the country's macro and financial development, the analysis and review of banking sector policies, and the development of flow of funds account. 

Ms. Chen received her Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Michigan. She holds an M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Arch. from Tsinghua University.