Mingze Gao

About Me

Made in 1994. Married in 2021. Husband to Sherry. Father of four cats.

I came to Sydney in 2013 and have since been with the University of Sydney. Started with a commerce degree in econometrics and finance majors, I enjoy very much the study and life here and successfully completed my research degrees in finance afterwards. A fan of computer science too, I've completed a degree in computing at the University of New South Wales during my postdoctoral research fellowship.

My PhD work is summarsied by three papers. The first theoretically extends the principal-agent model and empirically shows that a firm's accumulated knowledge substitutes for costly executive performance incentives. The second involves textual analysis on millions of firm 8K filings and documents a positive effect of corporate real estate holdings on M&A performance. The third applies machine learning on high-dimensional bank loan data and proposes an effective early-warning predictor for bank risks, which forms the backbone of a successful $500,000 grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project financing my postdoctoral fellowship.

I'm blessed to have my wonderful supervisors over the past many years, SrLec. Henry Leung, A/Prof. Buhui Qiu, Prof. Joakim Westerholm and Prof. Eliza Wu,1 and the invaluable mentoring from Prof. Iftekhar Hasan. I strive to produce more high-quality research outputs myself and together with my awesome coauthors. To the best I can, I also like to provide as much as possible to all researchers so that we can thrive together, which motivates me writing the research notes, apps and more. My favourite quote:

Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.

Apart from work, I workout regularly. I cycle to/from work and train at home. I also do running training and aim to complete a marathon one day soon.


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