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Alain Naef

Alain Naef

Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley


PhD Candidate

Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics

Affiliated Research Student at the Centre for Financial History

St Edmund’s College
CB3 0BN Cambridge


I am PhD student in financial history at the University of Cambridge, and taught undergraduates at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London. Previous education includes the Wharton School, the University of Geneva where I graduated with an MBA and the London School of Economics where I obtained a research MSc in economic history with distinction winning the Hunt Prize for best dissertation. I work under the supervision of Dr. David Chambers, Academic Director of the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management (CEAM) at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around financial history and financial crises, focusing mainly on currency crises, central bank intervention and foreign exchange market liquidity. I am particularly interested in understanding how liquidity can explain contagion of market wide shocks in the foreign exchange market. 


Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge (2016-2018)

    Paper 14 - World Depression in the Interwar Years

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science (2014-15)

    EH101 - The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present day

Graduate Teaching Assistant (essay marking), Economics Department, University of Warwick (2014)

    EC104 - The World Economy: History & Theory

Other Professional Activities