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He, Zhiguo

Professor of Finance
University of Chicago


Educational Background

Professor He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Finance from Tsinghua University (1999, 2001) and a Ph.D. in Finance from Northwestern University (2008).


Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, Professor He was visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doc fellow. He was a stock analyst at the China International Capital Corporation in Beijing in 2001.

Honors / Achievements

In 2007, Professor He won the Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance, which is an annual competition of doctoral theses from top business schools. In 2012, he won the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award which is awarded annually to an unpublished research paper and making an outstanding contribution to the field of finance. In 2012, he won the Smith-Breeden First Prize which is an annual award to the best paper in financial markets published in Journal of Finance. In 2014, he won the Brattle Group First Prize which is an annual award to the best paper in corporate finance in published in Journal of Finance.

Short BIO

Professor He is interested in banking, corporate finance, financial market and crisis, with a special focus on contract theory. His research has been published in leading academic journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. He was awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Economics.