Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Chen Tao, Jonas

Associate Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Banking & Finance

Assoc Prof Chen Tao, Jonas

Tao Chen joined Nanyang Business School (NBS) as an Assistant Professor in Finance in 2014. His research interest focuses on how financial market participants influence corporate policies, particularly issues related to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and how FinTech and financial innovation affect financial inclusion and risk.

He has published his work in Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Corporate Finance. His papers have been presented at major finance conferences including AFA, WFA, EFA, SFS Cavalcade, AAA, FIRS, ABFER, Finance Down Under, ECCCS, top business schools, such as MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UPenn Wharton, Cambridge Judge, LBS, LSE, UF Warrington, UNC Kenan-Flagler, leading institutions, such as NBER, Federal Reserve Board, BIS, Luohan Academy, and covered by Financial Times, VoxEU, Lianhe Zaobao, and the Network for Business Sustainability.

Tao has received numerous awards, including CUHK Young Scholars Award, NBS Teaching Excellence Award, Outstanding Paper Award in Annual Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, and Best Paper Award in Asian Finance Association Annual Meeting.

He has excellent teaching evaluations with an average of 94 (out of 100) in recent years, substantially above the school average. Due to his effective and innovative teaching, he was awarded 2018 NBS Teaching Excellence Award. He was also nominated for the 2018 NBS Business Teaching of the Year Award.
Research Interests
Corporate Finance, ESG, FinTech
Current Projects
  • 1.Financial Flexibility and Corporate Cash Policy2.Trade Liberalization, Financial Constraints, and Corporate Tax Avoidance
  • Does Workforce Diversity Pay? Evidence From Corporate Innovation
  • Dual Ownership and Managerial Incentives: Evidence from Mergers between Bond and Equity Holders
  • The Financial and Real Implications of Public Financing: A Natural Experiment from Build America Bonds Program
Selected Publications
  • T. Chen, H. Dong, and C. Lin. (2020). Institutional Shareholders and Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Financial Economics, Forthcoming.
  • T. Chen, C. Lin. (2017). Does Information Asymmetry Affect Tax Aggressiveness?. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 52, 2053-2081.
  • T. Chen, D. A. Schuler, W. Shi, and R. E. Hoskisson. (2017). Windfalls of emperors' sojourns: Stock market reactions to Chinese firms hosting high-ranking government officials. Strategic Management Journal, 38(8), 1668–1687.
  • Tao Chen. (2015). Institutions, Board Structure and Corporate Performance: Evidence from Chinese Firms. Journal of Corporate Finance, 32, 217-237.
  • Tao Chen, Jarrad Harford and Chen Lin. (2015). Do Analysts Matter for Governance? Evidence from Natural Experiments. Journal of Financial Economics, 115(2), 383-410.

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