Dr. Thomas SCHMID
Assistant Professor

3917 7766

KK 827

Academic & Professional Qualification

  • Doctorate, Technische Universität München
  • Diploma, Technische Universität München


Dr. Thomas SCHMID joined The University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in Finance in 2015.  Before joining, he finished his dissertation in Finance and worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher at Technische Universität München.  His main research area is empirical corporate finance.  Currently he is working on projects which investigate the impact of labor rights, operating flexibility, and product market characteristics on firms’ financing decisions.  Please refer to www.thomasschmid.org for his CV and more details.

Research Interest

Empirical Corporate Finance, with a focus on Corporate Governance, Labor Rights, and Product Markets

Selected Publications

  • “Product Price Risk and Liquidity Management: Evidence from the Electricity Industry,”
    (with Chen Lin and Michael S. Weisbach). Management Science, forthcoming.
  • “Is Skin in the Game a Game Changer? Evidence from Mandatory Changes of D&O Insurance Policies,”
    (with Chen Lin, Micah S. Officer and Hong Zou). Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2019, 68(1), 101225.
  • “Employee Representation and Financial Leverage,”
    (with Chen Lin and Yuhai Xuan). Journal of Financial Economics, 2018, 127(2), 303-324.
  • “Production Flexibility, Product Markets, and Capital Structure Decisions,”
    (with Sebastian J. Reinartz). The Review of Financial Studies, 2016, 29(6), 1501-1548.
  • “Control Considerations, Creditor Monitoring, and the Capital Structure of Family Firms,” Journal of Banking and Finance, 2013, 37(2), 257-272.

Recent Publications

Is skin in the game a game changer? Evidence from mandatory changes of D&O insurance policies

This paper examines the incentive effects of a mandatory personal deductible in liability insurance contracts for directors and officers (D&Os). Exploiting a novel German law that mandates personal deductibles for executives, we document positive returns for affected firms around the first announcement of the plan to impose a personal deductible. We also find evidence of long-run effects: affected firms decrease risk taking in operational activities and financial reporting, and improve the quality of takeover decisions. Our study shows that the structure of D&O insurance contracts matters because mandating that D&Os have “skin in the game” appears to lead to real effects on firm value.