UMass Boston


Chi Wan

Accounting & Finance
Associate Professor

Area of Expertise

Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Applied Econometrics


PhD in Economics, Boston College

BS in Physics, Nanjing University, China

Professional Publications & Contributions

  • “Platform-provided Disclosure on Investor Base and Entrepreneurial Success: Evidence from Crowdfunding”, The Accounting Review, Conditionally Accepted, with John Bai, Ting Chen, Xiumin Martin
  • “Your Company Will Need Remote Work as Extreme Weather Gets Worse”, Harvard Business Review (Online) 2023, with John Bai, Erik Brynjolfsson, Wang Jin, Sebastian Steffen
  • “Technological Peer Pressure and Skill Specificity of Job Postings,” Contemporary Accounting Research, 2023, with Yi Cao, Shijun Cheng, and Jenny Wu Tucker.
  • “Fund Manager Skill in an Era of Globalization: Offshore Concentration and Mutual Fund Performance,” Journal of Financial Economics, 2022, John Bai, Yuehua Tang, and H. Zafer Yuksel.
  • “Active Technological Similarity and Mutual Fund Performance,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2022, with Ping McLemore, Richard Sias, and H. Zafer Yuksel.
  • “Technological Peer Pressure and Product Disclosure,” 2018, The Accounting Review, 93, 95–126, with Sean Cao, Guang Ma, and Jenny Wu Tucker.
  • “Annual Report Readability, Tone Ambiguity, and the Cost of Borrowing,” 2017, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 52, 811—836, with Jin Lei, Mine Ertugrul, and Jiaping Qiu.
  • “The Reluctant Analyst,” 2016, Journal of Accounting Research, 54, 987—1040, with Dan Bernhardt and Zhijie Xiao.
  • “Technology Spillovers and Corporate Cash Holdings,” 2015, Journal of Financial Economics, 115, 558—573, with Jiaping Qiu.
  • “Corporate Globalization and Bank Lending,” 2011, Journal of International Business Studies, 42, 1016–1042, with Shujing Li and Jiaping Qiu.

Additional Information


Chi Wan is an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Accounting and Finance Department of the College of Management. He received a PhD in economics from Boston College in 2009, and a bachelor of science in physics from Nanjing University, China. Prior to joining UMass Boston in 2012, he was an assistant professor of economics at Carleton University, Canada. His research interests include financial econometrics, financial market and corporate finance.

Courses Taught

Financial Econometrics, Corporate Finance, Business Statistics

Research Interests

Financial Econometrics, Corporate Finance, International Business, Financial Risk Management, Development Economics

Professional Activities

Served as referee for the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Macroeconomics, Economics Bulletin, Review of Development Economics, and China Agricultural Economic Review.


Research Grants
 2011-2012, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, with B. Ural-Marchand and A. Dammert (co-PI).
 2010, SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG, PI)