Yunfei Chen Zhao, Ph.D.

Education

PhD in Finance, Concordia University (joint program with McGill, HEC Montreal, and UQAM)

Biography

Dr. Zhao got his Ph.D. in Finance from the Concordia University (joint PhD program with McGill, HEC Montreal, and UQAM) in 2021. His research interests are in Financial Sustainability, Innovation, Banking, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investor Sentiment, Deep Learning, and Big Data.

Courses Teaching

FIN3320 International Financial Statement Analysis

Working or Published Papers

Why IPO firms become acquisition targets? Evidence from newly launched trademarks. (Co-authored with Maher Kooli, Aoran Zhang) Published at the Journal of Corporate Finance (ABDC: A* 2021-ABS: 4)

After the Storm: Natural Disasters and Bank Solvency. (Co-authored with Dieter Gramlich, Thomas Walker, Mohammad Bitar). Presented at the conference of the State of the Federation 2019 at Queen’s University. Presented and won the Best PhD Paper Award at the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) 2019 conference. Forthcoming at the International Journal of Central Banking (ABDC: A 2021-ABS: 3) Best PhD Paper of IFABS conference

Information Asymmetry, Cultural Difference, and Divergence in Investor Reactions: Empirical Evidence from the Chinese and U.S. Stock Markets. (Co-authored with Seungho Lee, Thomas Walker, Aoran Zhang) Presented at the Australasian Finance & Banking Conference (AFBC-2019). Forthcoming at European Financial Management (ABDC: A ABS: 3)

How Do Political Connections Influence the Performance of Mutual Funds: Evidence from China. (Co-authored with Chao He, Lawrence Kryzanowski) R&R at Financial Review (ABDC: A ABS: 3)

How Do Natural Disasters Influence the Innovation Ability of Firms? (Co-authored with Dieter Gramlich, Thomas Walker, Aoran Zhang) Working paper. Selected as one of 6 high-quality papers (elevator pitch) for FMA (Financial Management Association) Europe 2022. Will also be presented on FMA Mid-East conference 2022.

Do robots hurt humans? Evidence from the dark side of workplace automation. (Co-authored with Zhihua Wei, Aoran Zhang) Working paper. Will be presented on FMA annual main conference (Atlanta) 2022, FMA Mid-East conference 2022, FMA Asia conference 2022.

Social media posts and stock returns: The Trump factor. (Co-authored with Carl Ajjoub, Thomas Walker) Presented on the Paris Financial Management Conference (PFMC-2018) and the European Financial Management Association (EFMA-2019). Published at the International Journal of Managerial Finance (ABDC: A)

The Impact of Natural Disasters on the Performance and Solvency of U.S. Banks. (Co-authored with Dieter Gramlich, Yixin Xu, Thomas Walker) Published at the International Journal of Managerial Finance (ABDC: A)

How Does SEO Influence the Innovation Ability of Firms. (Co-authored with Denis Schweizer, Aoran Zhang, Jie Zhang) Working paper

International Conferences and Seminar Presentations

  • FMA annual main conference (Atlanta) 2022
  • Financial Management Association 2022 European Conference
  • Financial Management Association 2022 Asia Conference
  • Financial Management Association 2022 Mid-East Conference
  • 32nd Australasian Finance & Banking Conference, Australia, Dec. 2019
  • International Finance and Banking Society conference at Medellín, Columbia, Dec. 2019
  • 28th European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Portugal, Jun. 2019
  • Conference of the State of the Federation 2019, Queens University, Canada, Jun. 2019
  • 6th Paris Financial Management Conference, France, Dec. 2018

Others

Lifetime Member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society