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a.y.tan@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473578


Position: Senior Lecturer in International Economics, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Qualifications: BA, MSc, FHEA, PhD

Aaron is currently a Senior Lecturer in Economics for the Business School. Before joined the University of Huddersfield Business School, Aaron had worked as a part-time lecturer in Economics for the University of Portsmouth Business school for 3 years where he completed his BA (Hons) in International Business English, MSc in Business Economics, Finance and Banking as well as PhD in Economics. Aaron’s research interests focus on investigating the performance, risk and competition in the Chinese banking industry. He has published a number of research articles in various journals such as Journal of Economic Studies; Studies in Economics and Finance; Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies; Journal of Emerging Market Finance; Economic Issues; Journal of Developing Areas and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. Aaron has published three research monographs on his own. In 2014, a research monograph entitled “Performance, Risk and Competition in the Chinese Banking Industry” was published by Elsevier. In 2016, a research monograph entitled “Efficiency and Competition in Chinese Banking” was published by Elsevier and also a research monograph entitled “Investigating the Performance of Chinese Banks: Efficiency and Risk Features” was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Aaron works as an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of academic journals on a regular basis. He presented his research in international academic conferences held in Ireland, Australia and the United States. Aaron had teaching experience in the subject areas of Economics, Finance and Banking on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Aaron is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) UK.


Research and Scholarship

Aaron’s research is mainly focusing on the investigation of bank profitability, bank efficiency, risk-taking behaviour, bank competition and their inter-relationships in the Chinese banking industry. Also Aaron is interested in the area of FDI and banking performance. His research projects at the moment include investigating the impacts of competition and risk-taking behaviour on the performance of Chinese banking industry, testing the impact of competition on the risk-taking behaviour of Chinese commercial banks; evaluating FDI and bank efficiency in emerging market economics, also examining meta-frontier efficiency in the Chinese banking industry. Aaron is also working on another book project with Routledge.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Tan, A (2018) Profitability and Competition in Chinese Banking . Oxford, UK: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138228993


Tan, A (2017) ‘The impacts of competition and shadow banking on profitability: evidence from the Chinese Banking IndustryNorth American Journal of Economics and Finance , 42, pp. 89-106. ISSN 1062-9408

Abdullah, N. and Tan, A. (2017) ‘Profitability of Commercial Banks revisited: New Evidence from oil and non-oil exporting countries in the MENA regionInvestment Management and Financial Innovations . ISSN 1810-4967

Tan, A. and Anchor, J. (2017) ‘The impacts of risk-taking behaviour and competition on technical efficiency: evidence from the Chinese banking industryResearch in International Business and Finance . ISSN 0275-5319

Tan, A., Floros, C. and Anchor, J. (2017) ‘The Profitability of Chinese banks: impacts of risk, competition and efficiencyReview of Accounting and Finance , 16 (1), pp. 86-105. ISSN 1475-7702

Tan, A. and Anchor, J. (2017) ‘Does competition only impact on insolvency risk? New evidence from the Chinese banking industryInternational Journal of Managerial Finance , 13 (3), pp. 332-354. ISSN 1743-9132


Tan, A. and Anchor, J. (2016) ‘Stability and Profitability in the Chinese Banking Industry: evidence from an auto-regressive-distributed linear specificationInvestment Management and Financial Innovations , 13 (4), pp. 120-128. ISSN 1810-4967

Tan, A (2016) Investigating the Performance of Chinese Banks: Efficiency and Risk Features . London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137493750

Tan, A (2016) Efficiency and Competition in Chinese Banking . : Chandos Publishing. ISBN 9780081000748

Tan, A (2016) ‘The impacts of risk and competition on bank profitability in ChinaJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money , 40, pp. 85-110. ISSN 1042-4431


Tan, A (2014) Performance, Risk and Competition in the Chinese Banking Industry . Oxford: Chandos Publishing. ISBN 9781843347651

Tan, A. and Floros, C. (2014) ‘Risk, profitability and competition: evidence from the Chinese bankingJournal of Developing Areas , 48 (3), pp. 303-319. ISSN 0022-037X


Tan, A. and Floros, C. (2013) ‘Risk, capital and efficiency in Chinese BankingJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money , 26, pp. 378-393. ISSN 1042-4431

Tan, A. and Floros, C. (2013) ‘Market power, stability and performance in the Chinese banking industryEconomic Issues , 18 (2), pp. 65-90. ISSN 1363-7029

Floros, C. and Tan, A. (2013) ‘Moon Phases, Mood and Stock Market Returns: International EvidenceJournal of Emerging Market Finance , 12 (1), pp. 107-127. ISSN 0972-6527


Tan, A. and Floros, C. (2012) ‘Stock market volatility and bank performance in ChinaStudies in Economics and Finance , 29 (3), pp. 211-228. ISSN 1086-7376

Tan, A. and Floros, C. (2012) ‘Bank profitability and GDP growth in China: A NoteJournal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies , 10 (3), pp. 267-273. ISSN 1476-5284

Tan, A. and Floros, C. (2012) ‘Bank profitability and inflation: the case of ChinaJournal of Economic Studies , 39 (6), pp. 675-696. ISSN 0144-3585


Aaron is a member in the editorial board of Eastern European Business and Economics Journal.

Research Degree Supervision

Enterprise Activities

Erasmus Intensive Programs: Ethics in Banking and Finance, 2014-2015

Administrative Responsibilities

Aaron is the Year 1 Tutor for BSc Economics.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Aaron is responsible for teaching the following modules:

  • Undergraduate modules:
    • First year - Introduction to Financial Services
    • Monetary and Financial Framework
  • Master modules:
    • International Economics
    • Microeconomics
    • Postgraduate Research Paper

Reviewer for the following academic journals:

  • European Journal of Operational Research (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Economic Studies (Emerald)
  • Applied Financial Economics (Taylor and Francis)
  • Business Ethics: A European Review (Wiley)
  • Economic Modelling (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Developing Areas (Project MUSE)
  • Managerial Finance (Emerald)
  • International Journal of Financial Markets and Derivatives (Inderscience)
  • Economic Systems (Elsevier)