Connie (Xiangdong) Mao

Connie (Xiangdong) Mao

  • Fox School of Business and Management

    • Finance

      • Professor

      • Wolfbein Senior Research Fellow


Dr. Connie X. Mao is a Professor of Finance and Joseph E. Boettner Senior Research Fellow 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, innovation, and social corporate finance.

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, Management Science, The Accounting Review, Journal of Law and Economics, etc. She has been named multiple times to the Fox School Dean’s Research Honor Roll, and is a recipient of the Andrisani-Frank Undergraduate Teaching Award and the FMA Outstanding Finance Professor Award.

Courses Taught




FIN 3507

Security Analysis and Portfolio Management


FIN 9011

Proseminar in Finance


Selected Publications


  • Bradley, D., Mao, C.X., & Zhang, C. (2022). Does Analyst Coverage Affect Workplace Safety? Management Science, 68(5), 3464-3487. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). doi: 10.1287/mnsc.2021.4093.

  • Gu, Y., Mao, C.X., & Johnson, T. (2022). Evidence supporting a cultural evolutionary theory of prosocial religions in contemporary workplace safety data. Sci Rep, 12(1), 5239. England. 10.1038/s41598-022-09322-6

  • Deng, S., Mao, C., & Xia, C. (2021). Bank Geographic Diversification and Corporate Innovation: Evidence from the Lending Channel. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 56(3), 1065-1096. doi: 10.1017/S0022109020000083.

  • Mao, C. & Song, W. (2021). Does reciprocity affect analysts’ incentives to release timely information? Evidence from syndication relationships in securities underwriting. Management Science, 67(1), 617-639. doi: 10.1287/mnsc.2019.3435.

  • Mao, C. & Weathers, J. (2019). Employee Treatment and Firm Innovation. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 46, 977-977. doi: 10.1111/jbfa.12393.

  • Balsam, S., Gu, Y., & Mao, C. (2018). Creditor influence and CEO compensation: Evidence from debt covenant violations. Accounting Review, 93(5), 23-50. doi: 10.2308/accr-52013.

  • Mao, C. & Zhang, C. (2018). Managerial Risk-Taking Incentive and Firm Innovation: Evidence from FAS 123R. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 53(2), 867-898. doi: 10.1017/S002210901700120X.