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Dr Yeqin Zeng

Visiting Fellow

Yeqin Zeng


  • Empirical Asset Pricing, 
  • Empirical Corporate Finance, 
  • Institutional Investors, 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


ICMA Centre, Whiteknights Campus

Dr Yeqin Zeng is a Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre. He holds double Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Wuhan University, a Master’s degree in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Washington.

His main research interests are in empirical asset pricing and corporate finance with an emphasis on financial institutions and their interactions with both financial markets and corporations. Besides the main research interests, he has worked on corporate financial hedging, executive gender, stock price crash risk, M&A, value of cash, corporate investment efficiency, cost stickiness, trade credit, empirical asset bubble tests, and the relationship between bank loan and firm leverage. Detailed information of all papers and conferences can be found here.

He teaches Securities, Futures, and Options for MSc students at the ICMA Centre. Ph.D. applicants with research interests in U.S financial markets are welcome. Prior to joining the ICMA Centre, he taught undergraduate business finance and investment courses at the University of Washington. He also passed the first two levels of Charted Financial Analyst exam and finished the Computational Finance Certificate courses offered by the Statistics Department and the Applied Math Department of the University of Washington.

Reference: Ward, C. , Yin, C. and Zeng, Y. (2020) Motivated monitoring by institutional investors and firm investment efficiency. European Financial Management, 26 (2). pp. 348-385. ISSN 1468-036X doi:
Reference: Brooks, C. , Chen, Z. and Zeng, Y. (2018) Institutional cross-ownership and corporate strategy: the case of mergers and acquisitions. Journal of Corporate Finance, 48. pp. 187-216. ISSN 0929-1199 doi:
Reference: Zeng, Y. , Yin, C. and Ward, C. (2018) Institutional investor monitoring motivation and the marginal value of cash. Journal of Corporate Finance, 48. pp. 49-75. ISSN 0929-1199 doi:
Reference: Cheng, S., Jiang, W. and Zeng, Y. (2018) Does access to capital affect cost stickiness? Evidence from China. Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics, 25 (1-2). pp. 177-198. ISSN 2164-2257 doi:
Reference: Chen, Z., Han, B. and Zeng, Y. (2017) Financial hedging and firm performance: evidence from cross-border mergers and acquisitions. European Financial Management, 23 (3). pp. 415-458. ISSN 1468-036X doi:
Reference: Zeng, Y. (2016) Institutional investors: arbitrageurs or rational trend chasers? International Review of Financial Analysis, 45. pp. 240-262. ISSN 1057-5219 doi:
Reference: Zeng, Y. and Jiang, W. (2014) State ownership, bank loans, and corporate investment. International Review of Economics and Finance, 32. pp. 92-116. ISSN 1059-0560 doi:

Past Events

2018 FMA Consortium on Trading Strategies and Institutional Investing

6th February 2018 Cambridge's Judge Business School

Research seminar talk

28th February 2018 Leeds University
14th November 2017 Swansea University

2017 AAA Annual Conference

6th August 2017 San Diego

The Role of Hedge Funds and Other Collective Investment Funds in the Modern World conference

31st August 2017 Manchester University
28th June 2017 The American College of Greece, Athens

Research Seminar: Yeqin Zeng, ICMA Centre

19th April 2017 G09, ICMA Centre

Research Seminar: Dimitrios Gounopoulos, Newcastle University Business School

26th April 2017 G09, ICMA Centre

Research Seminar: Ronan Powell, University College Dublin

3rd May 2017 G09, ICMA Centre

Research Seminar: Chris Adcock, Sheffield University Management School

17th May 2017 ICMA150, ICMA Centre

Research Seminar: Simone Varotto, ICMA Centre

24th May 2017 G09, ICMA Centre

Research Seminar: Lisa Schopohl, ICMA Centre

7th June 2017 G09, ICMA Centre
25th May 2017 National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
10th April 2017 Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh

2017 Financial Management Europe Conference

22nd June 2017 Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Lisbon, Portugal

2017 Financial Management Asia Pacific Conference

25th May 2017 National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Research Seminar: Yeqin Zeng, ICMA Centre

8th March 2017 ICMA Centre, Whiteknights campus

Research Seminar: Bin Xu, Queen’s University of Belfast

22nd March 2017 ICMA Centre, Whiteknights campus

New Oriental Fair, Beijing

4th December 2016 3rd Floor, Crowne Plaza Zhongguancun Beijing, No.106, Zhichun Road, Haidian District, Beijing

New Oriental Fair, Tianjin

3rd December 2016 Banquet hall, 6th Floor, Tangla Hotel Tianjin, No.219, Nanjing Road, Heping District, Tianjin
10th December 2016 Paris, France
16th November 2016 Florida, USA

Jinan University, Finance Department Seminar

8th April 2016 Jinan University, Guangzhou

SFA Annual Conference

16th November 2016 Sandestin, Florida

Kent University, Finance Department Seminar

2nd November 2016 Univesity of Kent, Kent

University of Bath, Finance Department Seminar

26th October 2016 University of Bath, Bath

FMA Annual Conference

19th October 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada

World Finance Conference

29th July 2016 New York

IFABS Annual Conference

1st June 2016 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona

University of Birmingham, Finance Department Seminar

24th May 2016 Business School, University of Birmingham

Queen's University of Belfast, Finance Department Seminar

4th May 2016 Business School , Queen's University of Belfast

Wuhan University, Finance Department Seminar

31st March 2016 Wuhan University, Wuhan

BAFA Annual Conference

21st March 2016 University of Bath, Bath

Paris Financial Management Conference

14th December 2015 IPAG Business School, Paris

FMA Annual Conference

14th October 2015 Orlando, Florida

IFABS Oxford Corporate Finance Conference

12th September 2015 Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford