Yun Zhu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Economics and Finance
PhD, Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteMS, Economics, South Dakota State UniversityBS, 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 Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Financial Stability, Managerial Finance 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

Corporate Finance, Merger and Acquisition, FinTech

Research Interests

Political Economics, FinTech, Corporate Governance, Business Ethics

Courses Taught

FIN
607
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
FIN
634
INVESTMENT ANALYSIS
FIN
636
MERGERS ACQUISITIONS & RESTRU
FIN
638
FIXED INCOME ANALYTICS
FIN
639
INTRO TO FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY
FIN
664
ADVANCED INVESTMENT ANALYSIS
FIN
668
FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES
FIN
2310
FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCE
FIN
3310
FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCE
FIN
3311
CORPORATE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
FIN
3312
INVESTMENTS
FIN
3319
FIN TECH IN FINANCIAL SERVICES

Select Publications

Journal Articles

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., Francis, B., and Hasan, I. Manager Effect or Firm Effect: Evidence from Private Debt Market. The Financial Review.

Zhu, Y., and Ren, N. Going-Concern Opinions and Corporate Governance. International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance.

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., 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.