Prof. Tianyu Zhang is Presidential Chair Professor, Associate Director of Shenzhen Institute of Data Economy, Director of the Center for Institutions and Capital Market, Director of MSc in Accounting Programme, SFI. Before that, he worked in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on political institutions and governance in China emerging market. His recent research is featured with application of textual analysis in understanding China institutions. He has papers published in top accounting, finance and economics journals. His research has been featured by overseas media, such as Wall Street Journal and Associated Press, and domestic media, such as Caixin. He is now sitting on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research.


1. “Political Bias of Corporate News in China: Role of Commercialization and Conglomeration Reforms”,with Joseph Poitroski D. and T J Wong,,2017

2. “Political Connection of Financial Intermediaries: Evidence from China’s IPO Market”,with Donghua Chen, Yuyan Guan, and Gang Zhao,,2016

3. “The Effect of Audit Adjustments on Earnings Quality: Evidence from China”,with Clive Lennox and Xi Wu,,2016

4. “Political Incentives to Suppress Negative Financial Information: Evidence from State-controlled Chinese Firms”,with Joseph Poitroski D. and T J Wong,,Vol. 53, 405–459,2015

5. “Mixing Business with Politics: Political Participation by Entrepreneurs in China”,with Xunan Feng and Anders C. Johansson,,Vol. 59, 220–235,2015

6. “Politicians and the IPO Mechanism: The Impact of Impending Political Promotions on IPO Activity in China”,with Joseph Piotroski,,Vol. 111, 111–136,2014

7. “Does Mandatory Partner Rotation Improve Audit Quality?”,with Clive Lennox and Xi Wu,,Vol. 89, 1775–1803,2014

8. “Political Participation and Entrepreneurial Initial Public Offerings in China”,with Xunan Feng and Anders C. Johansson,,Vol. 42, 269–285,2014

9. “Politically Connected CEOs, Corporate Governance, and the Post-IPO Performance of China's Partially Privatized Firms”,with Joseph Fan and TJ Wong,,Vol. 26, 85–95,2014

10. “Institutions and Organizational Structure: The Emergence of Corporate Pyramids in China”,with Joseph Fan and TJ Wong,,Vol. 29, 1217–1252,2012

11. “Political Considerations in the Decision of Chinese SOEs to List in Hong Kong”,with Mingyi Hung and TJ Wong,,Vol. 53, 435–449,2012

12. “Why Does the Law Matter? Investor Protection and its Effects on Investment, Finance, and Growth”,with David McLean and Mengxin Zhao,,Vol. 67, 313–350,2012

13. “Founder Succession and Accounting Properties”,with Joseph Fan and TJ Wong,,Vol. 29, 283–311,2012

14. “Executive Perks: Compensation and Corporate Performance in China”,with Ilan Alon and Pattarin Adithipyangkul,,Vol. 28, 401–425,2012

15. “Political-connected CEO and Post IPO Performance of China Listed Companies”,with Joseph Fan and TJ Wong,,Vol. 84, 330-357,2007