Paul Gao

Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance

Paul  Gao

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Paul Gao first joined the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where he is currently the Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame. He was an associate professor of finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School, and a visiting senior economist at the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SHSE). He has published in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He is the past winner of the prestigious Fama-DFA Prize, Cowen Memorial Prize, CQA Research Award, and Q-Group Research Award. He serves as the associate editors for the Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and the Financial Management. He earned his doctoral degree in Financial Economics from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in 2007.

Areas of Expertise

Asset Pricing

Market Microstructure

Investment Management


Ph D, Northwestern University


"Sum of All FEARS: investor sentiment and asset prices", (with Zhi Da, Joseph Engelberg), to appear in Review of Financial Studies, 2014.

"The Value of a Rolodex: CEO Pay and Personal Network", (with Joey Engelberg, Chris Parsons), Review of Financial Studies, 26, 2013.

"Friends With Money", (with Joseph Engelberg, Christopher Parsons), Journal of Financial Economics, 2012.

"In Search of Attention", (with Zhi Da, Joseph Engelberg), Journal of Finance, 2011.

"“Impatient Trading, Liquidity Provision and Mutual Fund Stock Selections", (with Zhi Da, Ravi Jagannathan), Review of Financial Studies, 2011.

"Clientele Change, Liquidity shock, and the Return on Financially Distressed Stocks", (with Zhi Da), to appear in Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2010.