Alan L. Zhang

Alan L. Zhang

Ph.D. in Finance

Georgia State University

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Finance at J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. My research broadly focuses on FinTech, investments and corporate finance, with a particular interest in analyzing unstructured textual data and big data on mutual funds, hedge funds and corporate disclosures.

My research has been accepted for publication at Journal of Accounting Research, and has been presented at prestigious conferences, such as the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Economics of AI Conference, NBER Big Data and Securities Markets Conference, AFA, CICF, FIRS, and RCFS Winter Conference. It also has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, The Guardian, NBER Digest, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, and Oxford Business Law Blog.

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Interests
  • FinTech: machine learning, textual analysis
  • Investments: hedge funds, mutual funds
  • Corporate finance: disclosures
Education
  • Ph.D. in Finance

    Georgia State University

  • M.S. in Finance

    Johns Hopkins University

  • B.A. in Economics

    Xiamen University

Upcoming Presentations

Research

Publication

  • Copycat Skills and Disclosure Costs: Evidence from Peer Companies’ Digital Footprints, with Sean Cao, Kai Du and Baozhong Yang, Journal of Accounting Research, forthcoming.
    • Digital footprints allow the identification of copycat investment firms and their targets. Copycat investment firms are selective in their imitation of peer firms' trading strategies, generating profits and imposing costs on disclosing companies.
    • Presentations: CICF 2019, MFA 2020, PNC Finance Conference at University of Kentucky, 16th GMARS Research Symposium at Michigan State University, 2019 Georgia Tech SESARC Conference
       

Working Papers

 

Selected Work in Progress

  • Can Mutual Fund Investors Identify “Smart Money”? with Vikas Agarwal
  • Do Hedge Funds Know Which Hedge Funds are Good?

Coverage for Research

Teaching

  • Instructor, Georgia State University (2018 – 2021)

    • GTA Teaching Excellence Award from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, 2020

    • Corporation Finance (2018 Fall, 2019 Spring, 2019 Summer, 2019 Fall and 2020 Fall)

      • Teaching Evaluation: 4.7/5 (last 4 sections)
    • Corporation Finance - Honor’s Track (2019 Fall)

      • Teaching Evaluation: 4.7/5
    • Financial Analysis and Introduction to Loan Structuring (Case study course, 2020 Spring and 2021 Spring)

    • New Student Orientation (2020 Fall)

  • Teaching Assistant, The Johns Hopkins University (2014 – 2015)

    • TA to Prof. Kwang Soo Cheong
    • Courses: Microeconomics/Economics for Decision Making (MBA), Financial Econometrics (MS-Finance)

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