SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Professor Hong Bo

BA Economics (Lanzhou) MSc Economics (LSE) PhD Economics (Groningen)
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Hong Bo
School of Finance and Management

Professor in Financial Economics

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre for Trust Research


Professor Hong Bo
Email address:
020 7898 4528
SOAS University of London
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Hong Bo is a Professor in financial economics at the School of Finance & Management SOAS University of London. Prof. Bo received her degrees in Economics from Lanzhou University of China (BA), Renmin University of China (MSc), London School of Economics and Political Science UK (MSc.), and University of Groningen the Netherlands (PhD). Before joining SOAS in 2004, she was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen. Prof. Bo’s research covers topics in financial economics, including firm investment decisions under uncertainty, capital market imperfections, comparative financial systems, corporate finance, corporate governance, and the Chinese economy. She has published in internationally well-recognized academic journals, including Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Finance (formerly European Finance Review), Journal of Banking and Finance, Economica, Regional Studies, European Journal of Finance, and International Review of Financial Analysis, etc. Over the years, Prof Bo’s PhD supervision has covered various topics on the Chinese financial system and the corporate sector. Finished and ongoing PhD projects include investment behaviour of Chinese firms; seasoned equity offering of Chinese firms; China’s private equity market; corporate bond market in China; China’s overseas infrastructure investment; Interaction between African firms and Chinese firms in Africa; International activities of Chinese banks; and China’s peer to peer lending market. Prof. Bo also has experience in academic management, having been associate dean and associate director for learning and teaching at SOAS University of London between 2016-2019. In addition to her responsibilities at SOAS, Prof. Bo has also actively engaged with the general public regarding knowledge transfer beyond SOAS by delivering public lectures for industries, providing executive training for officials in international organisations, and teaching for other universities both in the UK and overseas. She has also provided expert commentary for the media including BBC World News (Business Live; Asian Business Report), CNBC Europe Closing Bell, Sky News, TRT WORLD, RT TV, and CCTV dialogue, etc.


Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Alina Shoaib, The impact of Chinese infrastructure OFDI on host country economy and domestic firm performance
  • Chih-Wei Chang, The Impact of Audit Quality on the CSR Disclosure and Performance
  • Rodiat Lawal Yetunde, China-Africa Interactions: Infrastructure investment
  • Shuai Shao, Peer-to-peer lending platforms and SME financing in China
  • Surina, International Activities of Chinese Banks


  • Firm Investment Decision under Uncertainty
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Capital Market Imperfections
  • China


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • China



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Shao, Shuai and Bo, Hong (2022) 'Behavioural Aspects of China's P2P Lending'. European Journal of Finance, (28) 1, pp 30-45.

Jiang, Lin and Kling, Gerhard and Bo, Hong (2021) 'Does Executive Compensation affect Firms' Acquisition Decisions? Evidence from China'. Asia Pacific Business Review, (27) 5, pp 731-748.

Jiang, Lin and Kling, Gerhard and Bo, Hong and Driver, Ciaran (2017) 'Why do firms adopt stock options and who benefits? A natural experiment in China'. Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, (46), pp 124-140.

Bo, Hong and Li, Tao and Sun, Yanmei (2016) 'Board Attributes and Herding in Corporate Investment: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms'. European Journal of Finance, (22) 4-6, pp 432-462.

Bo, Hong and Zhang, Baoshan and Oughton, Christine and Yuan, Xiaoling and Ma, Jun (2016) 'China’s State Energy Investment during 1991-2007: Investment Analysis and Policy Issues'. Regional Studies, (50) 10, pp 1769-1784.

Bo, Hong and Driver, Ciaran and Lin, Hsiang-Chun Michael (2014) 'Corporate Investment during the Financial Crisis: Evidence from China'. International Review of Financial Analysis, (35) 2014, pp 1-12.

Lin, Hsiang-Chun Michael and Bo, Hong (2012) 'State Ownership and Financial Constraints on Investment of Chinese Listed Firms: New Evidence'. European Journal of Finance, (18) 6, pp 497-513.

Bo, Hong and Huang, Zhongnan and Wang, Changyun (2011) 'Understanding Seasoned Equity Offerings Behaviour of Chinese Listed Firms'. Journal of Banking and Finance, (35) 5, pp 1143-1157.

Bo, Hong and Li, Tao and Toolsema, Linda A (2009) 'Corporate Social Responsibility Investment and Social Objectives: An Examination on Social Welfare Investment of Chinese State Owned Enterprises'. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, (56) 3, pp 267-295.

Bo, Hong (2007) 'Nonlinear Effects of Debt on Firm Investment: Evidence from Dutch Listed Firms'. European Journal of Finance, (13) 7, pp 669-687.

Bo, Hong and Sterken, Elmer (2007) 'Attitude towards Risk, Uncertainty and Fixed Investment'. North American Journal of Economics and Finance, (18) 1, pp 59-75.

Bo, Hong (2006) 'An Empirical Examination of the Hangover Effect of Irreversibility on Investment'. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, (53) 3, pp 358-376.

Bo, Hong and Jacobs, Jan and Sterken, Elmer (2006) 'A Threshold Uncertainty Investment Model for the Netherlands'. Applied Financial Economics, (16) 9, pp 665-673.

Bo, Hong and Lensin, Robert (2005) 'Is the Investment-Uncertainty Relationship Nonlinear? An Empirical Analysis for the Netherlands'. Economica, (72) 286, pp 307-331.

Bo, Hong and Lensink, Robert and Sterken, Elmer (2003) 'Uncertainty and Financial Constraints'. European Finance Review, (7) 2, pp 297-321.

Bo, Hong (2002) 'Idiosyncratic Uncertainty and Firm Investment'. Australian Economic Papers, (41) 1, pp 1-14.

Bo, Hong and Sterken, Elmer (2002) 'Volatility of the Interest Rate, Debt and Firm Investment: Dutch Evidence'. Journal of Corporate Finance, (8) 2, pp 179-193.

Book Chapters

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Bo, Hong and Xu, Boying (2015) 'Accounting Performance Inflated by Private Equity before IPOs: Evidence from Chinese Firms'. In: Cumming, Douglas and Firth, Michael and Hou, Wenxuan and Lee, Edward, (eds.), Sustainable Entrepreneurship in China: Ethics, Corporate Governance, and Institutional Reforms. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 127-157.

Bo, Hong and Driver, Ciaran (2012) 'Agency Theory, Corporate Governance, and Finance'. In: Dietrich, M. and Krafft, J., (eds.), Handbook on the Economics and Theory of the Firm. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


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