Ting Xu

Ting Xu

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


FOB 291E

Academic Area

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial Finance, Corporate Governance, FinTech

Education: B.A., Renmin University of China; M.Sc., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Ting Xu is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. His research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, FinTech and the governance of closely-held firms. His work has explored the feedback role of crowdfunding, the effect of job-protected leave on entrepreneurship and the ownership structure of private firms. His work has been published in leading academic journals, such as the Review of Financial Studies, and has been featured in news outlets such as Bloomberg and Politico. His research has received funding from Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation and Canadian Foundation for Governance Research.

At Darden, he teaches "Financial Management and Policies." Before that, he taught "Corporate Finance" at the University of British Columbia, where he received a Ph.D. in finance. He also holds a B.A. in finance from Renmin University of China and an M.Sc. in economics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Selected Publications

Competition and Ownership Structure of Closely-Held Firms, with Jan Bena. Review of Financial Studies (2017) 30(5): 1583-1626.

Board Gender Diversity and Corporate Innovation, with Dale Griffin and Kai Li. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.

Do Excess Control Rights Benefit Creditors? Evidence from Dual-Class Firms. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.


Working Papers

Flight to Safety: How Economic Downturns Affect Talent Flows to Startups (NBER WP No. 27907), with Shai Bernstein and Richard Townsend.

Individualism During Crises, with Bo Bian, Jingjing Li, and Natasha Z. Foutz. CEPR Covid Economics, Issue 48. Coverage: UVA Today.

Investor Tax Credits and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from U.S. States (NBER WP No. 27751), with Matthew Denes, Sabrina Howell, Filippo Mezzanotti, and Xinxin Wang (This paper subsumes two prior working papers: Denes, Wang, and Xu (2019) and Howell and Mezzanotti (2019) ).

  • Best Paper Award, Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance 2020

Cross-Border Institutions and the Globalization of Innovation, with Bo Bian and Jean-Marie Meier.

  • 13th Annual Northwestern Conference on Innovation Economics, EFA, FIRS, MFA, NFA, 3rd Junior Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Workshop

Does Career Risk Inhibit Potential Entrepreneurs? (NBER WP No. 22446), with Joshua Gottlieb and Richard Townsend

Learning from the Crowd: The Feedback Value of Crowdfunding.

  • AFA, EFA, USC CETAFE, IZA/Kauffman Entrepreneurship Workshop