Dr Ziwen Bu

Dr Ziwen Bu

The Department of Finance
Associate Professor in Finance

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ziwen Bu is an Associate Professor in Finance at Birmingham Business School. His research interest lies in asset pricing and its connection with corporate finance and financial markets.


  • PhD in Finance
  • MSc in Finance
  • BSc (Hons) in Economics


  • Numeracy, Statistical Analysis & Financial Literacy B
  • Financial Econometrics


Recent publications


Ma, Y, Ding, Y, Bu, Z & Li, S 2024, 'Political freedom and financial inclusion: Unraveling social trust and political rent-seeking', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 220, pp. 46-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2024.01.024

Li, X, Gupta, J, Bu, Z & Kannothra, C 2023, 'Effect of cash flow risk on corporate failures, and the moderating role of earnings management and abnormal compensation', International Review of Financial Analysis, vol. 89, 102762. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2023.102762

Ahmed, S, Bu, Z & Ye, X 2023, 'Illiquidity, R&D investment, and stock returns', Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmcb.13053, https://doi.org/10.1111/jmcb.13053

Ahmed, S, Bu, Z & Ye, X 2023, 'Product market competition, labor mobility, and the cross-section of stock returns', Review of Asset Pricing Studies, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 440–480. https://doi.org/10.1093/rapstu/raad001

Sha, Y, Bu, Z & Wang, Z 2023, 'What drives the distress risk-return puzzle? A perspective on limits of arbitrage', International Journal of Finance and Economics, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 3574-3592. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijfe.2608

Ahmed, S, Bu, Z, Symeonidis, L & Tsvetanov, D 2023, 'Which factor model? A systematic return covariation perspective', Journal of International Money and Finance, vol. 136, 102865. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jimonfin.2023.102865

Sha, Y, Qiao, L, Li, S & Bu, Z 2021, 'Political freedom and earnings management', Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, vol. 75, 101443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intfin.2021.101443

Bu, Z, Mansley, N, Sha, Y & Wang, Z 2020, 'Does default risk matter for investors in REITs', International Journal of Strategic Property Management, vol. 24, no. 5.

Ahmed, S, Bu, Z & Tsvetanov, D 2019, 'Best of the best: a comparison of factor models', Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 1713-1758. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022109018000947

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