Dr. Gu graduated with a Bachelor degree in Science from University of Science and technology of China and a PhD degree in Finance from University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign. She was an Assistant Professor in Finance at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include asset pricing, return predictability, innovation, corporate finance, corporate sustainability, and gender discrimination. She has published a number of articles in top academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance. She also published articles in leading engineering journals such as Journal of Power Sources and Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology.
Her solo-authored publication, "Product Market Competition, R&D Investment and Stock Returns", was awarded the Trefftzs Award for the best student paper, the SAC Capital for the PhD Candidate Award for Outstanding Research at Western Finance Association meetings (WFA), and the Research Output Prize by HKU. She also serves in the editorial board of Review of Financial Economics.
Corporate Governance and Equity Prices: Does Transparency Matter?, with D. Hackbarth, Review of Finance 17, Issue 6, pp. 1989--2033, 2013.
Product Market Competition, R&D Investment and Stock Returns, Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp.441--455, 2016.
· Trefftzs Award for the best student paper, WFA 2013.
· SAC Capital for the PhD Candidate Award for Outstanding Research, WFA 2013.
· Research Output Prize, 2016.
Inflexibility and Stock Returns, with D. Hackbarth and T. Johnson, Review of Financial Studies, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp. 278--321, 2018.
Stock Liquidity and Corporate Diversification: Evidence from China's Split Share Structure Reform, with Y. Wang, W. Yao, and Y. Zhang, Journal of Empirical Finance, 2018.
How Does Human Capital Matter: Evidence from Venture Capital, with R. Huang, Y. Mao, and X. Tian. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2020.