Yun Zhu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
PhD, Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteBS, Management Science, Fudan University
Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D. in finance from Lally School of Business at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

His research interests are in the areas of FinTech, political economics, corporate governance, and financial institutions. His recent works are published in Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Financial Stability, the Financial Review and Journal of International Money and Finance.

Dr. Zhu currently serves as the editor of Review of Business.

Teaching Interests

Corporate Finance, Merger and Acquisition, FinTech

Research Interests

Political Economics, FinTech, Corporate Governance, Business Ethics

Courses Taught


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Journal Articles

Zhu, Y., and Moon, S. (2023). What’s in a name? CEOs’ names, compensation, and firm performance. Journal of Financial Stability. vol. 64, pp. 101096.

Zhu, Y., Ping, Y., Hill, C., and Fresneda, J. (2022). Antecedents and consequences of the key opinion leader status: an econometric and machine learning approach. Electronic Commerce Research. pp. 1.

Zhu, Y. (2022). The Role of Social Capital in Private Placement: Evidence from Rule 144A Debt Issuances. Managerial Finance.

Zhu, Y., Hasan, I., Wang, H., and Li, H. (2021). Do Affiliated Bankers on Board Enhance Corporate Social Responsibility? US Evidence. Sustainability. vol. 13, pp. 3250.

Zhu, Y., and Ren, N. (2020). Going-Concern Opinions and Corporate Governance. International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance. vol. 11,

Zhu, Y., and Sharma, Z. (2020). Platform building in initial coin offering market: Empirical evidence. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. vol. 61,

Zhu, Y., Francis, B., and Hasan, I. (2020). Manager Effect or Firm Effect: Evidence from Private Debt Market. The Financial Review. vol. 51, pp. 25-59.

Zhu, Y., Francis, B., and Hasan, I. (2019). Benchmark on themselves: CEO-directors' influence on the CEO compensation. Managerial Finance. vol. 45, pp. 810-826.

Zhu, Y., Gu, X., and Hasan, I. (2019). Political Influence and Financial Flexibility Evidence from China. Journal of Banking and Finance. vol. 99, pp. 142-156.

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 Banking, Accounting, and Finance. vol. 5, pp. 342-373.

Books Chapters

Zhu, Y., and Sharma, Z. (2021). Platform Development in Blockchains, Risks and Regulation . In: The Palgrave Handbook of FinTech and Blockchain. Palgrave Macmillan.

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.