Dr Joao Rafael Cunha

Dr Joao Rafael Cunha


Researcher profile

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I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews.

I am also a member of the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research and Centre for Global Law and Governance.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge, a Max Weber Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre and the Department of Economics at the European University Institute and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the London School of Economics.

My research interests include Financial Regulation, Banking, Political Economy, Law and Economics, Economic History, Macro-Finance, International Macroeconomics and Finance.

Web address: https://joaorafaelcunha.wixsite.com/home

Research areas

I am an applied economist with research interests in financial regulation, banking, political economy, law and economics, economic history, macro-finance, and international macroeconomics and finance.

My research can be split into three large areas: Financial Regulatory Cycle; Political Economy of U.S. Financial Regulation; and Macro-Finance.

1) One of my research strands focus on U.S. financial regulation and its cyclicality.

2) Another strand focus on the political economy of U.S. financial regulation. It studies how political factors influence financial regulation.

3) Finally, I am also studying macro-financial issues. More specifically, I am studying the link between credit cycles, financial crises and medium-term economic growth.

Web address: https://joaorafaelcunha.wixsite.com/home


Selected publications

  • Financial deregulation in the United States

    Cunha, J. R., 15 May 2021, Financial deregulation: A historical perspective. Drach, A. & Cassis, Y. (eds.). Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Open access

    The advent of a new banking system in the U.S. Financial deregulation in the 1980s

    Cunha, J. R., 3 Aug 2020, St Andrews: University of St Andrews, p. 1-42, 42 p. (School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper; no. 2003).

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

  • The financial regulatory cycle

    Cunha, J. R., 7 Sep 2020, St Andrews: University of St Andrews, (School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper; no. 2006).

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


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