Biography

Dr. Olivia Lifeng GU obtained her B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her areas of interest include Asset Pricing, Investments, Innovation, Venture Capital, and Corporate Finance.

Dr. GU joined The University of Hong Kong in 2013.  She has published a number of articles in academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Finance.   Her single-authored paper, “Product Market Competition, R&D Investment and Stock Returns", was awarded the Trefftzs Award for the best student paper and the SAC Capital for the PhD Candidate Award for Outstanding Research, at Western Finance Association meetings (WFA) in 2013.  

Areas of Interest
  • Asset Pricing
  • Investments
  • Innovation
  • Venture Capital
  • Corporate Finance
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
Awards and Honors
  • Research Output Prize, HKU 2016
  • Trefftzs Award for the best student paper, Western Finance Association (WFA) 2013
  • SAC Capital for the PhD Candidate Award for Outstanding Research, WFA 2013
Selected Publications
  • "Inflexibility and Stock Returns",
    ​with Dirk Hackbarth and Tim Johnson, Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming.​
  • "Product Market Competition, R&D Investment and Stock Returns",
    Journal of Financial Economics, 2016, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp. 441-455.
  • "Corporate Governance and Equity Prices: Does Transparency matter?",
    with Dirk Hackbarth, Review of Finance 17, Issue 6, November 2013, pp. 1989-2033.