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Xiaowei Xu

Xiaowei Xu


Xiaowei Xu joined the University of Rhode Island as an assistant professor of finance in fall 2016. She received her Ph.D. in finance from University of Alberta, Canada, in 2014. She has a wide range of research interests focusing on corporate governance, mutual fund flows, and insider trading. Her works have been published on academic journals such as the Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Management Inquiry. She has taught various undergraduate corporate finance sections. Prior to joining URI, she worked as an assistant professor of finance at California State University Monterey Bay.


Xiaowei’s current research interests cover a variety of topics such as earnings management, corporate governance, mutual fund performance, and insider trading; some of her CEO incentives works that study how CEO background may influence behavior and firm performance also link to the field of strategy and management.


Ph.D., Finance, University of Alberta

Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (with distinction), University of Alberta


“A Fleeting Glory: Evidence of Short-Termism among Entrepreneurial MBA CEOs” with Danny Miller, Journal of Management Inquiry, 2016.

“When is Human Capital a True Resource? The Performance Effects of an Ivy League Education among Celebrated CEOs” with Danny Miller and Vikas Mehrotra, Strategic Management Journal, 36.6 (2015): 930-944

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