Kangzhen (Ken) Xie is an assistant professor of finance at Seton Hall University. Before joining the faculty in 2016, he taught at the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Financial Management Association and the American Finance Association. His research interests include conglomerates, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, risk management, derivatives, and financial accounting. His research has received several Best Paper Awards in corporate finance. Outside of academia, he was a foreign exchange trader at Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and managed foreign exchange risk for the bank and clients with derivatives.
- Ph.D. , Washington University in St. Louis
- M.A., University of Alabama
- M.A., Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
- B.E., Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
- "Conglomerates and Industry Distress", 2011, with Radhakrishnan Gopalan, Review of Financial Studies, 24(11), 3642-3687
- "But What Will it Do for My EPS? An Unflattering But Powerful Motive for Mergers?",2016, joint with Gerald T. Garvey and Todd Milbourn, revising for third round at the Journal of Financial Economics
- "Pay Me Now (and Later): Pension Benefit Manipulation before Plan Freezes and Executive Retirement", 2017, with Irina Stefanescu, Yupeng Wang and Jun Yang. Forthcoming at Journal of Financial Economics
- Best Paper Award at Financial Institutions, Regulation and Corporate Governance Conference,2016.
- Best Paper Award in Corporate Finance from the EFMA, 2016.
- Best Paper in Corporate Finance, Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, 2008
- Doctoral Student Consortium Participant, FMA Annual Meeting, 2009