Mingzhu TAI
Dr. Mingzhu TAI
Assistant Professor

3917 1676

KK 1115

Academic & Professional Qualification
  • Ph.D. in Business Economics, Harvard University
  • Master and Bachelor degrees in Finance, Tsinghua University

Mingzhu TAI joined HKU after receiving her Ph.D in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2017. Before that she received her Master and Bachelor degrees in Finance from Tsinghua University.

Mingzhu’s research interests mainly include consumer and household finance, financial intermediation and general corporate finance. She is currently working to understand the relationship between banks, real estate markets, financial regulations, and credit activities by consumers and businesses.

Research Interest
  • Consumer and household finance
  • Financial intermediation
  • Corporate finance
  • Behavioral finance
Selected Publications
  • “How Did Depositors Respond to COVID-19?”, with Ross Levine, Chen Lin, and Wensi Xie, The Review of Financial Studies, 2021, 34(11), 5438-5473.
  • “Paying for Beta: Leverage Demand and Asset Management Fees”, with Steffen Hitzemann and Stanislav Sokolinski, Journal of Financial Economics, 2022, 145(1), 105-128.
Recent Publications
Future Anxiety – How COVID-19 Led People to Save More Money

Take the recent study by Chen Lin and Mingzhu Tai from the HKU Business School, conducted with collaborators from the University of California, Berkeley and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Their paper addressed a fundamental worry for almost everyone during the pandemic: Money. Specifically, they examined how people in the U.S. saved money in response to COVID-19.

How Did Depositors Respond to COVID-19?

Why did banks experience massive deposit inflows during the pandemic? We discover that deposit interest rates at bank branches in counties with higher COVID-19 infection rates fell by more than rates at branches—even branches of the same bank—in counties with lower infection rates. Credit drawdowns, national policies, such as the Payment Protection Program, and a flight-to-safety do not account for these cross-branch changes in deposit rates. Evidence suggests that higher local COVID-19 infection rates are associated with households’ greater anxiety about future job and income losses, anxiety that induces households to reduce spending and increase deposits.