Dr Yuchen Xu

Dr Yuchen Xu

Senior Lecturer
Business School
School of Banking and Finance

Dr. Yuchen Xu is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Finance at UNSW Business School. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Peking University HSBC Business School. Dr. Xu completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Paris, where she received dual master's degrees in Financial Engineering (2014) and Economic Psychology (2015). After that, she obtained her Ph.D in Finance from the University of Hong Kong (2020). Her research interests span across quantitative financial history and empirical corporate finance. She places special emphasis on identifying the foundational factors that influence the enduring development of finance, in particular at its genesis. Her findings have been published in prestigious international journals, including the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics, among others.



Business school (E12) 313
  • Journal articles | 2023
    LEVINE R; LIN C; MA C; XU Y, 2023, 'The Legal Origins of Financial Development: Evidence from the Shanghai Concessions', The Journal of Finance, 78, pp. 3423 - 3464, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jofi.13284
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lin C; Ma C; Sun Y; Xu Y, 2021, 'The telegraph and modern banking development, 1881–1936', Journal of Financial Economics, 141, pp. 730 - 749, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfineco.2021.04.011

2022: Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); 

2021: Overseas High-Caliber Personnel Grant

2021: Overseas High-Caliber Personnel in Shenzhen;

2020: Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma;

2020: FBE PhD Research Excellence Award at The University of Hong Kong; 

Selected publications:

Lin, C., Ma, C., Sun, Y., & Xu, Y. (2024). The Allocation of Talent and Financial Development, 1897 to 1936. Management Science, forthcoming. 

Levine, R., Lin, C., Ma, C., & Xu, Y. (2023). The Legal Origins of Financial Development: Evidence from the Shanghai Concessions. Journal of Finance78(6), 3423-3464.

Lin, C., Ma, C., Sun, Y., & Xu, Y. (2021). The telegraph and modern banking development, 1881–1936. Journal of Financial Economics, 141(2), 730-749.

My Teaching

Financial history; Corporate finance