Faculty & Research

Zhiguo He

Zhiguo He

Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance

Professor Zhiguo He serves as a Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, PhD area advisor, and Faculty Director of Fama-Miller center at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. His main research interest lies in the implications of agency frictions and debt maturities in financial markets and macroeconomics, with a special focus on contract theory and banking. Professor He also serves as the Special-term Alibaba Foundation Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management, and the member of Academic Committee of Luohan Academy.

Professor He focuses the role of financial institutions in the 2007/08 global financial crisis, and his work has been published in leading academic journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics, and he is serving as Associate Editor for both Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies.

Professor He is teaching a newly created elective MBA course on “Chinese Economy and Financial Markets.” He is also conducting active academic research on Chinese financial markets that are undergoing rapid development these days, including stock market, local government debt, shadow banking, interbank markets, together with recent regulation changes. The other area that Professor He is actively working on is Blockchain and related economic issues.

Professor He received his bachelor and master degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and obtained his PhD from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has won numerous awards for his outstanding scholastic record, including Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance in 2007, the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award in 2012, the Smith-Breeden First Prize in 2012 and the Brattle Group First Prize in 2014. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he worked as a stock analyst at the China International Capital Corporation in Beijing in 2001, and was visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doc fellow.


2018 - 2019 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
34903 Corporate Finance I 2018 (Fall)
35219 Chinese Economy and Financial Markets 2018 (Fall)
35913 Advanced Theory of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets 2019 (Spring)
35930 Research Seminar 2018 (Fall)
35931 Research Seminar 2019 (Winter)
35932 Research Seminar 2019 (Spring)

2019 - 2020 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
34903 Corporate Finance I 2019 (Fall)
35219 Chinese Economy and Financial Markets 2019 (Fall)
35930 Research Seminar 2019 (Fall)
35931 Research Seminar 2020 (Winter)
35932 Research Seminar 2020 (Spring)

Other Interests

Squash, badminton, the game of Go.


Research Activities

Corporate finance; contract theory; frictions in financial markets.

With Arvind Krishnamurthy, "Intermediary Asset Prices," American Economic Review (2012, forthcoming).

With Wei Xiong, "Dynamic Debt Runs," Review of Financial Studies (2011, forthcoming).

With Peter DeMarzo, Mike Fishman, and Neng Wang, "Dynamic Agency and Q Theory of Investment," Journal of Finance (2012, forthcoming).

With Wei Xiong, "Rollover Risk and Credit Risk," Journal of Finance (67, pp. 391-429, 2012).

"A Model of Dynamic Compensation and Capital Structure," Journal of Financial Economics (100, pp. 351-366, 2011).

For a listing of research publications, please visit the university library listing page.