Ye Zhang张晔

Ph.D. Candidate

Columbia University Economics Department



Welcome! I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at Columbia University after finishing my undergraduate study at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. 

My research explores topics related to empirical corporate finance, especially entrepreneurial finance, by using multidisciplinary research methods. In particular, I enjoy designing field and lab-in-field experiments to study important entrepreneurship and finance-related questions. These experiments, similar to art, help people understand the world while providing their designers with enough freedom and space for imagination. 

​( I am on the 2020-2021 job market and will be available for interviews at the 2021 ASSA Virtual Meetings. )

Research Interest: Entrepreneurial Finance, Empirical Corporate Finance, Field Experiments

CV: available here


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Job Market Paper 

Title: Discrimination In the Venture Capital Industry: Evidence from Two Randomized Controlled Trials

(Polished Draft Available Soon)

Working Paper (Polished Draft Available Soon)

How Venture Capitalists Bet: Evidence From Two Randomized Controlled Trials

ESG and Venture Capital Investment: Experimental Evidence

The Microstructure of U.S. Housing Market: Evidence from Millions of Bargaining Interactions  with Haaris Mateen,

Franklin Qian 

Working in Progress

Who Are the Most Attractive Venture Capitalists? Evidence from Lab-in-field Experiment  with Junlong Feng  

Track the Venture Capital Investment Climate: Experimental Evidence from Global VC Industry

Initial Public Offerings and Expectation in the Housing Market with Haaris Mateen, Franklin Qian

(To Be Updated)

(supported for laptop and desktop devices)

  • Research Team

    Our research team comes from diverse backgrounds and locations. We also constantly work with research volunteers or assistants. If you are interested in joining us, please send your CV to yz2865@columbia.edu

  • Collaborators

    My research collaborates with a few incubators and institutions. If you are interested in potential collaboration opportunities, feel free to contact me. 


Instructor:    Corporate Finance                           Summer 2018 


TA:                Corporate Finance (evaluation)              Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020


                       Advanced Econometrics (evaluation)     Fall 2018


                       Introduction of Econometrics            Fall 2016, Spring 2017


LTF:              Economics Department Lead Teaching Fellow     2018- 2019


These digital paintings are designed to show my deepest acknowledgements to my advisors for their guidance and protection when I almost gave up. Thanks also go to our academic community and entrepreneurial community for their feedback and support.       



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