Haoxiang Zhu


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Haoxiang Zhu is the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management and Finance, an Associate Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as a finance department editor of Management Science and as an associate editor of the Journal of Finance.

His main research interests are broadly in asset pricing, especially market structure and market design. He has published research papers in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies, among others.

Zhu's research has won several awards, including the 2017 Amundi Pioneer Prize (First Prize) from the Journal of Finance, the 2016 AQR Insight Award (First Prize), the 2015 Kepos Capital Award for Best Paper on Investments from the Western Finance Association, and the 2013 Review of Financial Studies Young Researcher Prize. In 2016, he was named one of the 40 under 40 Best Business School Professors by Poets and Quants.

Haoxiang Zhu actively participates in policy issues on financial markets and financial regulation. He has previously served as an academic expert for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and is currently a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Working Group on Financial Markets.

He holds a BA in mathematics and computer science from the University of Oxford and a PhD in finance from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Current Research Focus: Zhu’s research focuses on financial market design, broadly defined. In one project, he finds that bank regulation has the unintended benefit of encouraging intermediaries to increase their use technology in lieu of balance sheet for more efficient liquidity provision. In another, he analyzes the design of default management auctions of central counterparties, the failure of which would lead to systemic risk. More recently, he studies how FinTech and BigTech competition to banks affects the functioning of credit markets, and how central bank digital currencies affect the competitive landscape of deposit and loan markets. Applying theory to practice, Zhu actively engages in policy discussions related to the transparency and competitiveness of financial markets and the global transition away from LIBOR to robust risk-free rates.


Zhu wins Amundi Smith Breeden Prize


"​Premium for Heightened Uncertainty: Explaining Pre-Announcement Market Returns."

Hu, Grace Xing, Jun Pan, Jiang Wang, and Haoxiang Zhu. Journal of Financial Economics. Forthcoming. SSRN Preprint.

"Strategic Trading When Central Bank Intervention Is Predictable."

Yang, Liyan and Haoxiang Zhu. The Review of Asset Pricing Studies Vol. 11, No. 4 (2021): 735-761. SSRN Preprint.

"On Interest-Bearing Central Bank Digital Currency with Heterogeneous Banks."

Garratt, Rodney, and Haoxiang Zhu, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6527-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, September 2021.

"CCP Auction Design."

Huang, Wenqian and Haoxiang Zhu, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6528-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, March 2021.

"Central Bank Digital Currency Design: The Interest Rate-vs-Convenience Frontier."

Garratt, Rodney, Jiaheng Yu, and Haoxiang Zhu, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6530-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, 2021.

"Swap Trading after Dodd-Frank: Evidence from Index CDS."

Riggs, Lynn, Esen Onur, David Reiffen, and Haoxiang Zhu. Journal of Financial Economics Vol. 137, No. 3 (2020): 857-886. SSRN Preprint.

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