Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Yan "Joni" Zhou

Title: Professor

Office Location: Tahoe 3020

Email: zhouy@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-7653

Mailing Address: California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6082

Office Hours: TBA

Where to find me : Tahoe 3020, Economics Department, California State University, Sacramento

Courses that I teach

  • Econ 1A: Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econ 100A: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Econ 190: International Trade (undergraduate level)
  • Econ 290: International Trade (graduate level)
  • Econ 145: Econ Research Methods

Research Interests

Dr. Zhou’s research interests include international economics, financial economics, and development economics. Her research has explored issues like international reserve hoarding and fiscal policy patterns, interest rate asymmetries in lending-deposit spreads, exchange rate pass-throughs, and global digital divide. She has served as the President of the Sacramento Economic Roundtable, a local chapter of the National Association of Business Economics.


  • “Reserves and Exchange Rates for Small Island Developing States (SIDS): A Threshold Cointegration Analysis,” with Smile Dube, Advances in Management and Applied Economics, forthcoming 
  • “Interest Rate Asymmetries in South Africa’s Lending-Deposit Spread,” with Smile Dube, International Economics (Economia Internationale), forthcoming 
  • “South Africa’s Short and Long Term Interest Rates: A Threshold Cointegration Analysis,” with Smile Dube, 2013, Business and Economic Research,Volume 3, No. 1, 187-211 
  • “The Repo Rate Pass-Through to the Prime Rate in South Africa: Evidence from ARDL and FMLS models,” with Smile Dube, 2013, Journal of Business Theory and Practice, Volume 1, No. 2,199-213
  • “Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural India: Lessons from a Survey in Four States,” with Nirvikar Singh, Kristen Williams, Jake Kendall, and P.D. Kaushik, Review of Market Integration, 2013, 5(1): 1–41 
  • “Import Demand and Foreign Exchange Reserves: Evidence from CIBS,” with Smile Dube, December 2011, Journal of Economic Development, Volume 36, No. 4, 73-96 
  •  “The Underlying Link between Fiscal Policy Patterns and International Reserves,” 2010, Review of Development Economics. Volume 14, No. 4, 712-725 
  •  “International Reserves and Fiscal Policy in Developing Countries,” 2009, Review of International Economics, 17(5), 942-960
  • “The Study of China’s Deflation and Relevant Policy Selection—Policy on Foreign Investment,” coauthored with Zou Zhengfang, Chinese Financial and Economic Press 2001

Professional Associations

  • American Economics Association
  • Western Economics Association
  • National Association of Business Economics

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