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A/Prof. Mike Mao



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 46574


Mike Qinghao Mao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance in Deakin Business School. Before joining Deakin University, Mike was Associate Professor of Finance at the Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute in the Netherlands. 

He has published in the Journal of Finance, Management Science among others. Mike's research specialises in financial market anomalies, analyst forecasts and asset-backed-securitization. His broad teaching and research interests cover topics in asset pricing, corporate finance and accounting. 

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Research interests

  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Empirical Corporate Finance


  • Member, European Finance Association.

Teaching interests

  • Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Finance


  • Top Researcher Award, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2015.


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Banks' investments in fintech ventures

Emma Li, Mike Mao, Hong Zhang, Hao Zheng

(2023), Vol. 149, pp. 1-15, Journal of Banking and Finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Why have target-date funds performed better in the COVID-19 selloff than the 2008 selloff?

M Mao, C Wong

(2022), Vol. 135, pp. 1-16, Journal of Banking and Finance, Amsterdam, The Neterlands, C1

journal article

Managerial commitment and heterogeneity in target-date funds

Mike Mao, Ching Wong

(2022), Vol. 68, pp. 1-19, Journal of Empirical Finance, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, C1

journal article

Customer risk and corporate financial policy: Evidence from receivables securitization

L Liu, M Mao, G Nini

(2018), Vol. 50, pp. 453-467, Journal of Corporate Finance, C1

journal article

Cash-flow news and the investment effect in the cross section of stock returns

M Mao, K John Wei

(2016), Vol. 62, pp. 2504-2519, Management Science, C1-1

journal article

Analysts' cash flow forecasts, audit effort, and audit opinions on internal control

M Mao, Y Yu

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 635-664, Journal of business finance and accounting, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Price and earnings momentum: An explanation using return decomposition

M Mao, K Wei

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 332-351, Journal of Empirical Finance, C1-1

journal article

Securitization and capital structure in nonfinancial firms: an empirical investigation

M Lemmon, L Xiaolei Liu, M Qinghao Mao, G Nini

(2014), Vol. 69, pp. 1787-1825, The journal of finance, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Risk-taking by Australian target-date funds

A/Prof Mike Mao

Accounting & Finance Assoc of Australian & New Zealand Grant - Research

  • 2022: $4,600


Principal Supervisor

Nitin Vishen

Thesis entitled: Essays on Debt Repayment Behavior

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Finance


Hao Zheng

Thesis entitled: Three Essays in Corporate Finance and Financial Intermediation

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Finance

Ching Hin Wong

Thesis entitled: Essays on Target-Date Funds

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Finance