2013-2014 Luce Scholar

Placement: China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development Peking University, Beijing, China

Martin Chorzempa is from Bloomington, Minnesota, and in 2011 graduated summa cum laude in finance and international business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. As an undergraduate, he took on leadership roles in community organizations, student government, and as the head of the fraternity system. He also gained work experience in the private sector, interning as a financial consultant to evaluate the effects of financial regulation on banks and value subprime mortgage securities. He spent the spring of 2010 doing masters coursework in business and international affairs at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France, where he wrote his thesis on a 14th-century financial crisis in Florence. After graduation, Chorzempa went to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the role of public banks in the financial crisis. He then worked for Association of German Banks in Berlin, where he focused on European banking regulation and small business finance. He hopes to work in financial sector development, founding small credit institutions in underbanked markets and helping developing countries formulate policy to better govern their rapidly expanding banking sectors.

The China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University was founded in August 1994. The Center aims to institutionalize a new teaching and research model which will contribute to economic education and research at Peking University, foster economic reform and development in China, and add to the development of modern economic theory. The founder of the Center, Justin Lin Yifu, was until recently the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and has recently returned to the Center to teach alongside a distinguished roster of scholars who are also influential public intellectuals and policy advisors.