Zhiguo He is interested in the implications of agency frictions and debt maturities in financial markets and macroeconomics, with a special focus on contract theory.
Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he was visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doc fellow. He worked as a stock analyst at the China International Capital Corporation in Beijing in 2001. In 2007, He won the Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance, which is an annual competition of doctoral theses from top business schools. In 2012, He won the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award which is awarded annually to an unpublished research paper and making an outstanding contribution to the field of finance. In 2012, He won the Smith-Breeden First Prize which is an annual award to the best paper in financial markets published in Journal of Finance. In 2014, He won the Brattle Group First Prize which is an annual award to the best paper in corporate finance published in Journal of Finance.
His research has been published in leading academic journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics. He has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, which is awarded annually to promising early-career scientists in science, mathematics, economics and computer science.
He received his bachelor and master degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and obtained his PhD from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.