Finance and Business Economics

The Finance and Business Economics (F&BE) Area is well-known for its research on topics in portfolio theory and management, energy economics, corporate finance, derivatives, capital markets and telecommunications, among other things. Faculty members’ research has appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Finance, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Review of Financial Studies, among others.

Area members are also well-known for their award-winning teaching and contributions to pedagogical research. Offerings in finance are very extensive at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with courses ranging from financial modelling to pension plan management to Islamic finance. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels the Area’s offering also support and prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. The area also encourages financial literacy across the university by making courses available to all undergraduate students on topics such as personal finance, financial management of health care organizations and entrepreneurial finance.

The area has been awarded a number of scholarly distinctions in recent years, including four academic chairs and two named professorships:

  • BMO Financial Group Chair in Capital Markets – Financial Literary and the Individual Investor
  • CIBC Chair in Financial Markets
  • Mackenzie Investments Chair in Evidence-Based Investment Management
  • Michael Lee Chin Family Chair in Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Michael Lee Chin Family Industry Professorship in Strategic Business Valuation
  • TSX Visiting Professorship

The Director of the Michael Lee Chin Institute for Strategic Business Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Studies Review are also resident in the Finance and Business Economics Area.

Alumni Profile

Chuanqian Zhang

Finance and Business Economics
Chuanqian joined the PhD program in September 2010. His research focuses on corporate finance such as capital budgeting, investment and cash policy, agency conflicts, debt structure and real options. He also has various teaching assistant and session tutor experiences for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. He will be on the job market during the 2014-2015 academic ...
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