COVID-19 Reading Group

(Last update: Jan. 2021)


I have been organizing a weekly zoom reading group for finance Ph.D. candidates since February 2020, when COVID-19 pandemics outbroke. Recently our group has proudly expanded to a larger and diversified one consisting of dozens of Ph.D. candidates all over the world to present their papers. We welcome anyone who are interested to join us. Please contact me at!


The meetings are held in the form of  1 hour presentation with interruptions (similar to "Brownbag" ), with slides on share screen. The timing and duration can be adjusted according to speaker's need. Zoom meeting ID will be notified before each meeting.


Recent meetings in Beijing time:

Jan. 4, 16:00-17:00

Luping Yu (University of Hong Kong)

“Global Share Repurchases Over the Business Cycle”

Dec. 28, 21:30-22:30 

Zekun Wu (University of Connecticut)

“Informed Options Trading Before FDA Drug Advisory Committee Meetings”


Dec. 21, 16:00-17:00

Ziying Lian (City University of Hong Kong/Xi’an Jiao tong University)

“Risk Factors, Stocks Returns, and Tail Behavior”

Nov. 30, 10:00 -11:00

Mohan(Fred) Sun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

"The Lost World of Liquidity"

Nov. 23, 16:00-17:00

Yupu Zhang (University of Hong Kong)

"Common Ownership and Product Market Competition: International Evidence"


Nov.16, 16:00-17:00

Xiao Han (University of Edinburgh) 
"Risk versus Mispricing: Decomposing Asset Pricing Anomalies via Classification"


Nov.9, 16:00-17:00

Wendi Huang (University of Hong Kong)
"Paying Attention to ESG: Evidence from Big Data Analytics"


Nov.2, 16:00-17:00

Wentao Yao (University of Hong Kong)

"Real Peer Effects of Data Breaches"

Oct. 26, 20:00-21:00

 Sonya Zhu (Stockholm School of Economics)

"Volume Dynamics around FOMC Announcements"

Oct. 13, 16:00-17:00

Ran Tao (University of Reading)

"News-Based Peers and Stock Returns"

Sep. 7,  16:00-17:00 

Weinan Zheng (University of Hong Kong)

"Less is More: The Hidden Information in Corporate Bond Mutual Fund Strategies" 

 Aug. 31, 16:00-17:00

 Yihan Li (University of Bath)

"Analyst Incentives and Stock Market Synchronicity: Evidence from MiFID II"

Aug. 17, 10:00-11:00

Chiyang(Ben) Tsou  (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

"Learning and the Anatomy of the Probability Premium"