Dr. Lu Zhang is The John W. Galbreath Chair in Finance at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, as well as Research Associate at National Bureau of Economic Research (Asset Pricing program) and Associate Editor for Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He is Founding President of Macro Finance Society, which is an international academic society devoted to advancing and disseminating high-quality research at the intersection of financial economics and macroeconomics. Before joining Ohio State in 2010, he taught at Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan and William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at University of Rochester.

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on asset pricing, in connection with macroeconomics, corporate finance, labor economics, and capital markets research in accounting. His major contribution is ''The investment CAPM,'' which provides a unified conceptual framework for understanding asset pricing anomalies. As its empirical implementation, ''The q-factor model'' is a leading workhorse factor pricing model in both academia and the investment management industry. His recent theoretical work on "Endogenous disasters" shows how labor market frictions give rise endogenously to economic disasters. Dr. Zhang has published extensively at prestigious academic journals. One chapter of his doctoral thesis "The value premium" won the Smith-Breeden Award for Best Paper for 2005 from American Finance Association and Journal of Finance. His academic research has been frequently featured in prominent media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Shanghai Financial News, and The Economist.

Dr. Zhang has extensive teaching interests and experience at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and Ph.D. levels. He has taught a variety of courses including Investment Management, Derivative Securities, Capital Markets and Investment Strategy, Corporate Finance, Empirical Methodology in Finance, Theory of Finance, and Advanced Asset Pricing. In 2015, he was voted the Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Faculty Award recipient at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asset Pricing


  • PhD in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • MA in Economics from Washington University (St. Louis), 1997
  • BA in Economics from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, 1993


Working Papers


BUSFIN 7220 - Investment Theory and Practice
Advanced skills needed for securities valuation, theories and applications related to the CAPM, APT, and efficient markets. Prereq or concur: MBA 6223, or 810. Not open to students with credit for 822.
BUSFIN 8250 - Seminar: Advanced Asset Pricing
Covers advanced topics in empirical and theoretical asset pricing. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 922.