Connie X. Mao

Associate Professor

  • Finance
Office: Alter Hall 416
Phone: 215.204.4895

Dr. Connie X. Mao is an Associate Professor of Finance at Temple University Fox School of Business. She holds a doctorate in Finance from The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and a doctorate in Biomedical Science from Cornell University Medical School (New York, NY). Her research expertise is corporate finance. Her primary research interest is in the areas of debt contracting, agency conflicts, and corporate innovation.

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Specifically, Dr. Mao's research examines the effect of agency conflicts on the financing decisions of firms and debt contracting, and how the resolution of these conflicts influences firm performance, corporate innovation, and the efficiency of security markets. She has published papers in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, and Journal of Corporate Finance. She has been named to the Fox School Dean's Research Honor Roll, a receipt the Andrisani-Frank Undergraduate Teaching Award and the FMA Outstanding Finance Professor Award.

Sample Publications

  • Jongmoo Jay Choi, Connie X. Mao, and Arun D. Upadhyay, “Earnings Management and Derivative Hedging with Fair Valuation: Evidence from the Effects of FAS 133” (Forthcoming at the Accounting Review)
  • Corporate Risk Management under Information Asymmetry, with Jongmoo Jay Choi and Arun D. Upadhyay; Journal of Business Finance & Accounting 40, 239-271.
  • Institutional Ownership Stability and the Cost of Debt Financing, with Elyas Elyasiani and Jingyi Jia; Journal of Financial Markets 13, 475-500.
  • Why Firms Issue Callable Bonds: Hedging Investment Uncertainty, with Zhaohui Chen and Yong Wang; Journal of Corporate Finance 16, 588-607.
  • Diversification and the Cost of Debt of Bank Holding Companies, with Esther Deng and Elyas Elyasiani; Journal of Banking and Finance 31, 2453–2473.
  • Investment Restriction and the Cross-Border Flow of Information: Some Empirical Evidence, with Warren Bailey and Kulpatra Sirodom; Journal of International Money and Finance 26, 1-25.
  • Stock Market Liberalization and the Information Environment, with Kee-Hong Bae and Warren Bailey; Journal of International Money and Finance 25, 404-428.
  • Regulation Fair Disclosure and Earnings Information: Market, Analyst, and Corporate Responses, with Warren Bailey, Haitao Li, and Rui Zhong; Journal of Finance 58, 2487-2514.
  • Interaction of the Debt Agency Problems and Optimal Capital Structure: Theory and Evidence, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 38, 399-423.
  • Corporate Use of Interest Rate Swaps: Theory and Evidence, with Haitao Li; Journal of Banking and Finance 27, 1511-1538.

Awards and Honors

  • Boettner Research Fellow, Temple University, 2003-present
  • The Financial Management Association Teaching Award, Fox School of Business, 2008.
  • The Andrisani-Frank Undergraduate Teaching Award, Fox School of Business, 2007
  • Dean's Research Honor Roll, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University (2004, 2005)
  • Temple University Summer Research Fellowship (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008)
  • Outstanding PhD Student Paper Award at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Southern Finance Association
  • Cornell University Fellowship, 1996-2000
  • Named Jack and Susan Rudin Scholar in the Biomedical Science, 1994-1996
  • Recipient of The Vincent duVigneaud Academic Excellence Award in 1995


PhD Level Courses
Asset Pricing Theory & Financial Economics: Temple University
Teaching Evaluation: 4.5*

Graduate Level Courses
Investment Management: Temple University
Teaching Evaluation: 4.4*

Undergraduate Courses
Investments: Temple University
Teaching Evaluation: 4.6*

Average evaluations: Scale: 1=Very Poor, 5=Very Good

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