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Dr Kam Ming WAN
  • Assistant Professor
PhD, MSocSc, BSocSc, FRM
University of California at Los Angeles
2766 7053
2356 9550
Research Area:
Finance & Financial Services

Consulting, Research and Teaching Interests:
  • Corporate governance and compensation
  • Corporate finance
  • Law, regulation, and policy
  • Market efficiency

Dr. Kam-Ming Wan has served as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the School of Accounting and Finance, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 2012.  Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Texas at Dallas and a visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Hong Kong.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and his undergraduate and master degrees from the University of Hong Kong. 

His research interests include corporate governance, executive compensation, market microstructure, and financial regulation. He has published scholarly articles in the leading finance journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Critical Finance Review.  He has received multiple research grants including a competitive peer-reviewed RGC General Research Grant.  His research has policy implications and has been cited in local and international media outlets.

Dr. Wan has taught a rich variety of courses to students at various levels.  He is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellent Performance/Achievement in Teaching (Team) at PolyU in 2016 and two time nominee for the Faculty’s Outstanding Teacher Award at HKU.

He is also an ad-hoc reviewer of many leading journals and has served as a reviewer, discussant or session-chair in many local and international conferences.  

1. “Does CEO Compensation Reflect Managerial Ability or Managerial Power? Evidence from the Compensation of Powerful CEOs,” with Wei-Ling Song, Journal of Corporate Finance, forthcoming

2. “Explicit Employment Contracts and CEO Compensation,” with Wei-Ling Song, Journal of Corporate Finance 44, 540–560. (2017)

3. “Incentive Contracts are not Rigged by Powerful CEOs,” Critical Finance Review 3(1), 99–152. (2014)

-Semifinalist for Best Paper in Corporate Finance, 2012 FMA meeting

4. “CEO Compensation and Board Structure Revisited,” with Katherine Guthrie and Jan Sokolowsky,  Journal of Finance 67(3), 1149–1168. (2012)

- Featured in Finance and Accounting Memos 2, 64–68. (2014)
- Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. (2010)

5. “CEO Compensation and Board Structure Revisited - A Rejoinder,” with Katherine Guthrie and Jan Sokolowsky, Comments and Rejoinders of the Journal of Finance. (2012)

6. “Political Barrier to Entry, Potential Takeover Premium, and Cross-border Acquisitions: An Empirical Study of Cnooc’s Unsuccessful Takeover of Unocal,” with Kafu Wong, Journal of Corporate Finance 15(4), 447-468. (2009)