Akhmad Rizal Shidiq (Rizal) is a lecturer at the Department of Economics of Universitas Indonesia as well as a research associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM-FEUI) also at Universitas Indonesia. Shidiq previously has studied at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and is currently is pursuing doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University, expected in 2012.
As an Indonesian research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School for the Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 semesters, Shidiq will conduct research on the macroeconomic impact of the 1998 Indonesian banking crisis and the countryâ€™s bailout policy. He will look at bank lending behavior at the firm level, exploiting panel data on firms and banks before and after the crisis, as well as determinant of credit lending from the bankâ€™s perspective. He will also try to capture the political economy attributes, such as political connectedness and credit access, into the analysis.