Nanyang Technological University

First for finance: Professor Kang Jun-Koo

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​Prof Kang Jun-Koo was top of his class in 2011 with this report card for finance research: 21 out of 21.

From 1990 to 2008, his articles appeared 21 times in the world’s top 21 finance journals, earning him the accolade of top finance researcher in the Asia-Pacific region. The ranking, published in Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, looked at the number and quality of articles published in leading journals.

“I don’t think it was just recognition of my personal academic achievements,” he says. “I think this is strong evidence that NTU is quickly catching up with other top universities in the world in terms of its global reputation as a research-oriented institution.”

Indeed, one of the reasons the Distinguished Professor of Finance and recently appointed Canon Professor in Finance at the Nanyang Business School chose to join NTU is the university’s “clear vision to become a top research university globally”.

In 2008, Prof Kang gave up a 17-year academic career in the United States, including serving as the MSU Federal Credit Union Endowed Chair in Financial Institutions and Investments at Michigan State University, to come to NTU. He headed Nanyang Business School’s Banking & Finance Division from 2010 to 2014.

In 2011, he had a hand in launching the Insurance Risk and Finance Research Centre at NTU, which sponsors and directs primary research on insurance and insurance-related risk research in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Many governments are seeking ways to deal with the issues arising from aging populations and rising costs of living,” explains Prof Kang. “As the Centre’s director, my goal is to produce quality research that provides regulators and insurance practitioners with insights into such challenging issues.”

Prof Kang's research has been published in leading finance and economics journals, such as American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

He currently serves as a co-editor of Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, an associate editor of Japan and the World Economy, Journal of Financial Perspectives and Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies, and is an editorial review board member of Journal of International Business Studies.

He is also a senior fellow and secretary of the Asia Bureau of Finance and Economics Research and a research fellow of the Asian Institute of Corporate Governance.

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