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Professor information



  • briefcase Finance
  • quality PhD, Business Administration, Finance
Areas of research
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Managerial incentives
  • Hedge Fund Activism

Hong Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Finance at NEOMA Business School in France. Hong graduated from Arizona State University with a PhD in Finance in 2017. He has also earned a Master's Degree in Economics from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Hong’s research interests fall under the broad label of empirical corporate finance.  His current papers investigate how different mechanisms affect CEO incentives and board governance.

Latest publications

  • Executive Labor Market Segmentation: How Local Market Density Affects Incentives and Performance
  • “Passing the Baton”: The Effects of CEO Succession Planning on Firm Performance and Volatility
  • Independent Executive Directors: How Distraction Affects Their Advisory and Monitoring Roles
  • Crime Rate, Housing Price, and Value of A Statistical Case of Homicide
  • Gender equality's impact on female directors’ efficacy: A multi-country study