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PhD Defense Mr. H. Zhu, MSc

Title: Thesis on FinTech and Political Economy of Finance
Supervisor: Prof. J. Driessen
Co-supervisors: Dr. F. Braggion and Dr. A. Manconi

This thesis consists of two chapters in political economy of finance and one chapter in FinTech. Zhu's central interest is to study the interaction between socioeconomic stability and financial activities of corporations and financial institutions. The first chapter focuses on whether economic shocks trigger labour unrest and fuel political extremism. The second chapter provides an analysis as to how state-owned firms use internal funds to address sudden social unrest events. The final chapter investigates if new peer-to-peer (P2P) lending technology undermines macroprudential regulation and adds risk to financial stability.


Haikun Zhu (Chongqing, China, 1990) received a B.A. in Economics from Nankai University (Tianjin, China), and joined the Research Master program at Tilburg University in 2012. He has been a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Finance since 2014, and visited Singapore Management University (Singapore) in 2017. As of June 2018, he is an Assistant Professor in Finance at Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His research interests include political economy of finance, FinTech, and financial intermediations.


Location: Cobbenhagen building, Auditorium (access via Koopmans building)


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When: 29 June 2018 10:00

Where: Route description Tilburg University campus