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Qianqian Du

Gustavson researcher Qianqian Du

Associate Professor

Office: BEC 212
BA, Economics, Shandong University; MSc, Economics, University of Oxford; PhD, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
Area of expertise:
Entrepreneurial finance, financial analysts, corporate governance


Qianqian Du joined the Gustavson School of Business of the University of Victoria in July 2022. She has tried to develop a deeper understanding of entrepreneurial finance, financial analysts and corporate governance. For example, she studies a common organizational structure of venture capital investments: syndication and networks. She also examines the role of government in venture capital investments and this study was included in the private equity report of the 2010 World Economic Forum in Davos. For her study of financial analysts, she shows sharing the same cultural backgrounds with the covered firms could improve an analyst’s forecasting performance. This paper won the CICF Best Paper Award and the TCFA Award for the Best Paper on Corporate Finance in 2013. In her recent research, she examines the implications of extreme analyst forecasts.

In the future, she plans to expand her research areas to explore the role of environmental sustainability and machine learning in entrepreneurial finance and financial analysts. Du has extensive experience of interdisciplinary teaching. For example, she has taught courses on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, corporate finance and management accounting. 

Before joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Du worked at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the School of Accounting and Finance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Selected publications

Journal publications

Du, Q. & Hellman, T. (forthcoming). Getting tired of your friends: The dynamics of venture capital relationships. Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Du, Q., Li, V. & Wang, L.  (2023). The Spouse Effect and CEO Risk-taking, The Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, Accepted.

Du, Q., Yu, F. & Yu Z. (2017). Cultural Proximity and the Processing of Financial Information, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 52, pp.2703-2726. 

Du, Q. (2016). Birds of a Feather or Celebrating Differences? The Formation and Impact of Venture Capital Syndication, Journal of Empirical Finance, 39, pp.1-14. 

Brander J., Du, Q. & Hellman T. (2015). The Effects of Government-Sponsored Venture Capital: International Evidence, Review of Finance, 19, pp. 571-618. 

Du, Q. Gao, H., & Levi, M. (2012). The Relative-Age Effect and Career Success: Evidence from Corporate CEOs, Economics Letters, 117, pp. 660-662. 

Du, Q. & Vertinsky, I. (2011). International Patterns of Ownership Structure Choices for Startups: Does the Quality of Law Matter?, Small Business Economics, 37, pp. 235-254

Other scholarly works

Brander, J., Du, Q. & Hellman, T. (2010) Governments as Venture Capitalists: Striking the Right Balance, included in the Globalization of Alternative Investments, Working Papers Volume 3: The Global Economic Impact of Private Equity Report 2010, The World Economic Forum, Davos.

Awards & grants

Recognition & awards

  • 2013 - CICF Best paper Award, China International Conference in Finance

  • 2013 - TCFA Award for the Best Paper on Corporate Finance, The Chinese Finance Association

  • 2012 - Research Excellence Award, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • 2008 - NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group Travel Grant for Doctoral Student, NBER

  • 2008 - NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp, Student Fellow, NBER