Zhiguo He

Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Zhiguo He serves as Professor of Finance, PhD Program area adviser, and Faculty Co-Director of Fama-Miller Center at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Professor Zhiguo He is also a Research Associate at NBER, and was the Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business. Professor Zhiguo He is now recruited by the Thousand Talents Plan in China, and serves as the Special-term Alibaba Foundation Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management.

Professor He is interested in the implications of agency frictions and debt maturities in financial markets and macroeconomics, with a special focus on contract theory and banking. His research focuses on the role of financial institutions in the 2007/08 global financial crisis, and has been published in leading academic journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics, and he has been and is serving as Associate Editor for both Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science.

Professor He is teaching a newly created elective MBA course on “Chinese Economy and Financial Market.” He is also conducting active academic research on Chinese financial markets that are undergoing rapid development these days, including stock market, local government debt, shadow banking, interbank markets, together with recent regulation changes. Besides research in Chinese financial market, Professor He is also writing academic articles on new progresses in the area of FinTech, especially the Blockchain technology and its potential business applications. 

Professor He received his bachelor and master degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, before he obtained his PhD from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2008. He has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has won numerous awards for his outstanding scholastic record, including Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance in 2007, the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award in 2012, the Smith-Breeden First Prize in 2012 and the Brattle Group First Prize in 2014. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he worked as a stock analyst at the China International Capital Corporation in Beijing in 2001, and was visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doc fellow. 

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