Jim Walker (economist)
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Jim Walker is a Hong Kong-based independent economist and investment strategist, the Founder and Managing Director of Asianomics Limited, an economic research and consultancy company servicing the fund management industry. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Leopard Capital.
Prior to establishing Asianomics in 2007, he was the chief economist at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. He joined CLSA in late 1991. Walker was voted best 'regional economist' by the Asiamoney Stockbrokers Poll for 11 years in a row from 1994-2004 and has been regularly acclaimed in the private Greenwich Surveys of fund managers in Asia, Europe and the USA. Walker is best known for forecasting the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the 2007 US downturn and the financial sector meltdown. He maintains a bearish outlook on China and is an adherent of the Austrian School of economics.
Before coming to Asia, Walker worked in Scotland as a research fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute for Research on the Scottish Economy, and then at The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) and a PhD in economics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
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