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Prof. Chen LIN

Prof. Chen LIN


Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Exchange)

Chair of Finance

Stelux Professor in Finance

Director, Centre for Financial Innovation and Development

DBA Programme Director

3917 7793
KK 1015
Academic & Professional Qualification
  • Ph.D., M.A., M.B.A., University of Florida
  • B.E., South China University of Technology

Professor Chen LIN joined The University of Hong Kong (HKU) as Chair of Finance at the Faculty of Business and Economics in 2013.  Before joining HKU, he was on the faculty team of the Department of Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  At CUHK, he became Full Professor in Finance in 2010 and was awarded the Choh-Ming Li Professorship in Finance in 2012.  He received his Bachelor of Engineering from the South China University of Technology in 2000 and a MBA (2004), M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2006) from Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida.  His research interests include banking and financial institutions, corporate finance, financial contracting, financial regulation, and development economics.

Chen's papers are published or forthcoming in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting StudiesManagement Science, Journal of Law & Economics,  Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, and others.  His papers also received various awards such as the Jensen Prize (First Prize) for the Best Papers Published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations, The JFE All Star paper, the Chicago Quantitative Alliance Asian Academic Competition Research Paper Award, the Hong Kong Asian Capital Market Research Prize awarded by CFA Institute and HKSFA, two Best Paper Awards at the 9th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets and the Bureau van Dijk prize in Corporate Finance at the 31st Australasian Finance and Banking Confernece.  He currently serves on the editorial boards of seven international journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management and Journal of Comparative Economics.  He has been invited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in economics.  He is the Principal Investigator of several RGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grants and a Co-Principal Investigator of a RGC Theme-based Research Grant, the first large-scale, theme-based business research grant in Hong Kong.

Chen's works and views have been presented in major finance conferences such as American Finance Association annual conference, European Finance Association annual conference and Western Finance Association annual conference, and various conferences held by institutions such as Asian Development Bank, China Banking Regulatory Commission, China Security Regulatory Commission, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hoover Institute at Stanford University, International Monetary Fund, National Bureau of Economic Research and the World Bank and covered by BBC World TV, Bloomberg, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, China Daily, CNNMoney, CFA Digest, Hong Kong Satellite TV, VoxEU, Wall Street Journal (Real Time Economics) and World Bank Doing Business Report.  He has provided consulting services for the Asian Development Bank, the Bank of International Settlement, China Construction Bank (Asia), Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, Qianhai Institute of Innovative Research, and the World Bank.  He serves as a panel member of the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong and the RAE exercise conducted by University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.  He is also a Currency Board Committee member of the Hong Kong Exchange Fund Advisory Committee and an Advisory Council member and a research fellow at HKIMR of Hong Kong Monetary Authority.  

Research Interest
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Technology
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Finance and Economic Development
Selected Publications
  • "Political Investment Cycles of State-owned Enterprises,"
    (with Q. Li and L. Xu), Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming.
  • "Bank Networks and Acquisitions"
    (with R. Levine and Z. Wang), Management Science, forthcoming.
  • "Is Skin in the Game a Game Changer? Evidence from Mandatory Changes of D&O Insurance Policies",
    (with M. Officer, T. Schmid and J. Zou), Journal of Accounting and Economics, forthcoming.
  • "Institutional Shareholders and Corporate Social Responsibility,"
    (with T. Chen and H. Dong), Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming.
  • "Litigation Risk and Voluntary Disclosure: Evidence from Legal Changes"
    (with J. Houston, S. Liu and L. Wei), The Accounting Review, forthcoming.
  • "Managerial Entrenchment and Information Production"
    (with L. Wei and W. Xie), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.
  • "Shareholder Protection and the Cost of Capital,"
    (with J. Houston and W. Xie), Journal of Law & Economics, forthcoming.
  • "Competition and Bank Liquidity Creation,"
    (with L. Jiang and R. Levine), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.
  • "Does Change in Information Environment Affect Financing Choices?" 
    (with X. Li and X. Zhan), Management Science, forthcoming.
  • "Hello, Is Anybody There? Corporate Accessibility for Outside Shareholders as a Signal of Agency Problems," 
    (with M. Firth, S. Wong, and X. Zhao), Review of Accounting Studies, forthcoming.
  • "Does Information Acquisition Alleviate Market Anomalies? Categorization Bias in Stock Splits,"
    (with D. Kong and S. Liu), Review of Finance, forthcoming.
  • "Employee Representation and Financial Leverage,"
    (with T. Schmid and Y. Xuan), Journal of Financial Economics, 127, 2018, 303-324.
  • "Managerial Risk-Taking Incentives and Merger Decisions,"
    (with M. Officer and B. Shen), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 53, 2018, 643-680.
  • "Corporate Resilience to Banking Crises: The Roles of Trust and Trade Credit,"
    (with R. Levine and W. Xie), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 53, 2018, lead article.
  • "Insider Trading and Innovation,"
    (with R. Levine and L. Wei), Journal of Law & Economics, 60, 2017, 749-800.
  • "Does Information Asymmetry Affect Corporate Tax Aggressiveness,"
    (with T. Chen), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 52, 2017, pp. 2053-2081.
  • "Competition and Bank Opacity," 
    (with L. Jiang and R. Levine), Review of Financial Studies, 29, 2016, pp. 1911-1942.
  • "Spare Tire? Stock Markets, Banking Crises, and Economic Recoveries,"
    (with R. Levine and W. Xie), Journal of Financial Economics, 120, 2016, pp. 81-101.
  • "The Financial Implications of Supply Chain Changes,"
    (with J. Houston and Z. Zhu), Management Science, 62, 2016. pp. 2520-2542.
  • "Alliances and Return Predictability,"
    (with J. Cao and T. Chordia),Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 51, 2016, pp. 1689-1717.
  • "Do Analysts Matter for Governance: Evidence from Natural Experiments,"
    (with T. Chen and J. Harford), Journal of Financial Economics, 115, 2015, pp. 383-410.
  • "Do Property Rights Matter? Evidence from a Property Law Enactment,"
    (with D. Berkowitz and Y. Ma), Journal of Financial Economics, 116, 2015, pp. 583-593.
  • "Why Do Firms Evade Taxes? The Role of Information Sharing and Financial Sector Outreach,"
    (with T. Beck, Y. Ma), Journal of Finance, 69, 2014, pp. 763-817.
  • "Political Connections and the Cost of Bank Loans,"
    (with J. Houston, L Jiang, Y. Ma),Journal of Accounting Research, 52, 2014, pp. 193-243.
  • "Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance and Loan Spreads,"
    (with M. Officer, R. Wang, H. Zou),Journal of Financial Economics, 110, 2013, pp. 37-60.
  • "Corporate Ownership Structure and the Choice between Bank Debt and Public Debt,"
    (with Y. Ma, P. Malatesta, Y. Xuan),Journal of Financial Economics, 109, 2013, pp. 517-534.
  • "The Client is King: Do Mutual Fund Relationships Bias Analyst Recommendations?,"
    (with Firth, M., P. Liu, Y. Xuan), Journal of Accounting Research, 51, 2013, pp. 165-200.
  • "Regulatory Arbitrage and International Bank Flows,"
    (with Houston, J., Y. Ma), Journal of Finance, 67, 2012, pp. 1845-1895.
  • "Corporate Ownership Structure and Bank Loan Syndicate Structure,"
    (with Y. Ma, P. Malatesta, Y. Xuan), Journal of Financial Economics, 104, 2012, pp. 1-22, (lead article).
  • "The Real and Financial Implications of Corporate Hedging,"
    (with Campello, M., Y. Ma, H. Zou), Journal of Finance, 66, 2011, pp. 1615-1647.
  • "Ownership Structure and Financial Constraints: Evidence from a Structural Estimation,"
    (with Y. Ma, Y. Xuan), Journal of Financial Economics, 102, 2011, pp. 416-431.
  • "Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance and Acquisition Outcomes,"
    (with M. Officer, H. Zou,), Journal of Financial Economics, 102, 2011, pp. 507-525.
  • "Media Ownership, Concentration and Corruption in Bank Lending,"
    (with Houston, J. , Y. Ma), Journal of Financial Economics, 100, 2011, pp. 326-350.
  • "Ownership Structure and the Cost of Corporate Borrowing,"
    (with Y. Ma, P. Malatesta, Y. Xuan,), Journal of Financial Economics, 100, 2011, pp. 1-23, (lead article).
  • "Creditor Rights, Information Sharing and Bank Risk Taking,"
    (with Houston, J., P. Lin, Y. Ma), Journal of Financial Economics, 96, 2010, pp. 485-512.
  • "Friend or Foe? The Roles of State and Mutual Fund Ownership in the Split Share Structure Reform in China,"
    (with Firth, M., H. Zou), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 45, 2010, pp. 685-706.
  • "Property Rights Protection and Corporate R&D: Evidence from China,"
    (with P. Lin, F. Song), Journal of Development Economics, 93, 2010, pp. 49-62.
  • "Political Decentralization and Corruption: Evidence from Around the World,"
    (with Fan, S., D. Treisman), Journal of Public Economics, 93, 2009, pp. 14-34.
  • "Corruption in Bank Lending to Firms: Cross-Country Micro Evidence on the Beneficial Role of Competition and Information Sharing,"
    (with Barth, J., P. Lin, F. Song), Journal of Financial Economics, 91, 2009, pp. 361-388.