Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Chen Tao, Jonas
Associate Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Banking & Finance
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Tao Chen joined Nanyang Business School (NBS) as an Assistant Professor in 2014 and was promoted to be an Associate Professor in Finance with tenure in 2020. His research interest focuses on how financial market participants influence corporate policies, particularly issues related to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and how FinTech and financial innovation affect financial inclusion and risk.

He has published his work in Journal of Financial Economics (×2), Management Science (×3), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Banking and Finance (×2), Journal of Corporate Finance (×2), Journal of Empirical Finance, and Accounting and Finance. His papers have been presented at major finance conferences including AFA, WFA, EFA, SFS Cavalcade, AAA, FIRS, ABFER, Finance Down Under, ECCCS, top business schools, such as MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UPenn Wharton, Cambridge Judge, LBS, LSE, UF Warrington, UNC Kenan-Flagler, leading institutions, such as NBER, Federal Reserve Board, BIS, Luohan Academy, and covered by Financial Times, VoxEU, Lianhe Zaobao, and the Network for Business Sustainability.

Tao was elected to join the Board of Directors of Asian Finance Association (AsFA), and was invited to serve as an HKIMR Visiting Research Fellow by Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and a Societal Impact Fellow by NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH). He has received numerous awards, including CUHK Young Scholars Award, Nanyang Education Award, NBS Teaching Excellence Award, Outstanding Paper Award in Annual Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Best Paper Award in Asian Finance Association Annual Meeting, Outstanding Paper Award in the 2022 IAS Midyear Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA), and Pioneer Award in 2020 Peak Initiative of Digital Finance Open Research. He was also nominated for the Nanyang Research Award (Young Investigator).

He has excellent teaching evaluations with an average of 98 (out of 100) in recent years, substantially above the school average. Due to his effective and innovative teaching, he was awarded the 2018 NBS Teaching Excellence Award. He was also nominated for the 2018 NBS Business Teacher of the Year Award and the 2020 Nanyang Education Award. He was awarded the prestigious Nanyang Education Award (School) in 2021.
Corporate Finance, ESG, FinTech
  • Boosting Workforce Wellbeing via Finance and AL-powered Sequential Intervention
  • Brand Activism as a New Consumer Culture: A Theoretical & Practical Explication
  • Dual Ownership and Managerial Incentives: Evidence from Mergers between Bond and Equity Holders
  • The Future of Planetary Health: Lessons from a Global Pandemic