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Yun Zhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Economics and Finance
PhD, Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS, Economics, South Dakota State University
BS, Management Science, Fudan University

Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D. in finance from Lally School of Business at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining St. John’s, Dr. Zhu has served as an instructor at the Graduate School of Business of Fordham University. He has taught corporate finance, financial econometrics, financial management and data analysis at undergraduate, MBA and doctoral levels. Dr. Zhu’s research interests are in the areas of corporate governance, political economy, and financial institutions. Specifically, he looks at two main issues. One examines the relationship between politics and firms’ investment and financing decisions. The other is behavioral in nature and relates to the heterogeneity of managerial characteristics and their impact on managerial decision-making and the outcomes of these decisions. He has been visiting scholar at Bank of Finland and Central Bank of Turkey for research collaboration. His recent papers are published in Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Financial Stability and Journal of Economics and Business. He has also published a book chapter at IMF Book Series: “Breaking the Oil Spell: The Gulf Falcons' Path to Diversification."

Teaching Interests

Financial Management; Corporate Finance; International Finance

Research Interests

Corporate Governance; Financial Intermediation; Business Ethics; Political Economics

Courses Taught


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Journal Articles

Zhu, Y., Fang, Y., Fornaro , J., and Li, L. (2018). The Impact of Accounting Laws and Standards on Bank Risks: Evidence from Transition Countries. Journal of Economics and Business. vol. 95, pp. 103-118.

Zhu, Y., Francis, B., Hasan, I., and Hunter, D. (2017). Do Managerial Risk-Taking Incentives Influence Firms' Exchange Rate Exposure: Evidence from CEO Compensation. Journal of Corporate Finance. vol. 46, pp. 154-169.

Zhu, Y., Sun, X., Waisman, M., and Ma, M. (2016). State Ownership and Market Liberalization: Evidence from China's Domestic M&A Market. Journal of International Money and Finance. vol. 69, pp. 205–223.

Zhu, Y., Gao, T., Gupta, A., and Gulpinar, N. (2015). Optimal Hedging Strategy for Risk Management on a Network. Journal of Financial Stability. vol. 16, pp. 31-44.

Zhu, Y., Waisman, M., and Ye, P. (2015). The effect of political uncertainty on the cost of corporate debt. Journal of Financial Stability. vol. 16, pp. 106-117.

Zhu, Y., Francis, B., and Hasan, I. (2014). Political Uncertainty and Bank Loan Contracting. Journal Of Empirical Finance. vol. 29, pp. 281-286.

Zhu, Y., Ciciretti, R., and Kobeissi, N. (2014). Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance: An Analysis of Bank Community Responsibility. International Journal of Business, Accounting, and Finance. vol. 5, pp. 342-373.

Book Chapters

Zhu, Y., Francis, B., and Hasan, I. (2016). Diversification and the Economy: The Role of Government in Enhancing the Industrial Base . In: Breaking the Oil Spell: The Gulf Falcons' Path to Diversification . IMF Book Series.

Yun Zhu, Ph.D.