Dr. Yifei ZHANG
Senior Lecturer
BEcon/BEcon & Fin Deputy Programme Director and Admissions Tutor

3910 3102

KK 1332

Academic & Professional Qualification
  • Ph.D. in Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • M.A. in Economics, The State University of New York at Albany
  • B.Sc. (Honors) in Applied Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. Yifei Zhang is a senior lecturer at the HKU Business School. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College.

Dr. Zhang’s research interests include Chinese Economy, Development Economics, and Political Economy. Upon graduation, he did Ph.D. internship at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research (HKIMR) and worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a postdoctoral fellow. His works appear in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Comparative Economics, Economics Letters, Small Business Economics, China Economic Review, etc.

Dr. Zhang has experience teaching various economics courses, such as Chinese Economy, Econometrics, Game Theory, etc. He also has a passion for supervising and collaborating with his students. The co-authored works have been published in academic journals such as: Journal of Comparative Economics, Economics Letters, Small Business Economics, Applied Economics, International Review of Economics & Finance, and International Studies of Economics.

Research Interest
  • Chinese Economy
  • Development Economics
  • International Finance
  • Political Economy
Selected Publications

Selected Working Papers

  • Du, J., & Zhang, Y. ISDS Disputes, Adjudications and Cross-Border M&As. R&R at Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • Ashton, J., Wang, Y., & Zhang, Y. “Does Mutual Fund Ownership Increase Corporate Environmental Spending?” R&R at Journal of Business Research.

Journal Articles

  • Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Yang, Y., & Chen, X. Dark Side of Environmental Regulation: Wage Inequality Cost. Journal of Comparative Economics, 51(2), 524-544.
  • Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Y., & Xiao, H. (2022). Small business owners’ Fintech credit in crises: Theory and evidence from farmers under the COVID-19. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 71, 101692.
  • Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Fang, H., & Chen, X. (2022). SMEs’ line of credit under the COVID-19: evidence from China. Small Business Economics, 58(2), 807-828.
  • Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Kang, W., & Ahmed, A. H. (2022). Female analysts and COVID-19 corporate donation. Emerging Markets Review, 100941.
  • Zhang, Y., Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., & Chen, X. (2022). Globalization blueprint and households’ fintech debt: Evidence from China’s One Belt One Road initiative. International Review of Economics & Finance, 79, 38-55.
  • Chen, X., Fang, H., Liu, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2022). Does Chinese policy banks’ overseas lending favor Belt Road Initiative countries?. International Studies of Economics.
  • 张云, 刘芸, & 章逸飞. (2022). “房住不炒” 政策的股市溢出效應 ——包含房產要素的動態均衡模型與資產定價研究. 系統工程理論與實踐, 865-878.
  • Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Chen, X., & Yang, Y. (2021). Superstition and farmers’ life insurance spending. Economics Letters, 206, 109975.
  • Xiao, H., Chen, X., Fang, H., & Zhang, Y. (2021). Insider share pledging and firm value consequences under the COVID-19: evidence from China. Applied Economics, 53(56), 6522-6534.
  • Chen, X., Xiao, H., & Zhang, Y. (2021). To what extent did independent directors help firms’ recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from China. Applied Economics, 53(38), 4464-4480.
  • Wang, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2020). Do state subsidies increase corporate environmental spending?. International Review of Financial Analysis, 72, 101592.
  • Du, J., & Zhang, Y. (2018). Does one belt one road initiative promote Chinese overseas direct investment?. China Economic Review, 47, 189-205. (Elsevier Awards for the Best Papers published in China Economic Review in 2018.)

Book Chapters

  • Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., & Chen, X. (2023). “Detecting financial statement fraud using the machine learning methods.” FinTech Research and Applications: Challenges and Opportunities. World Scientific.
  • Du, J., & Zhang, Y. (2022). “In Fear of Trojan Horse? China’s Cross-Border Acquisitions in Europe amid the One-Belt-One-Road Initiative.” China and the Belt and Road Initiative: Trade Relationships, Business Opportunities and Political Impacts. Springer: Understanding China Series.
  • Du, J., Fang, H., & Zhang, Y. (2021). “One Belt One Road Initiative and China’s Overseas Lending.” Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): China’s Global Business Footprint. Centre for Business & Economic Research.
  • Du, J., & Zhang, Y. (2019). “One Belt One Road Initiative and China’s Overseas Direct Investment.” In Yuan Li, Markus Taube (Ed.), How China’s Silk Road Initiative is Changing the Global Economic Landscape (pp. 130-165). Routledge.
Recent Publications