Lei Li

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 4136
University of Kansas

Academic Area



Ph.D. in Finance 2012,Boston College, Carroll School of Management
M.A. in Economics 2007, Brown University, Graduate School
M.S. in Mathematics 2006, Brown University, Graduate School
B.S. in Mathematics, 2001, University of Science and Technology of China

Research Interests

Empirical corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial intermediation.

Working Papers

TARP Funds Distribution and Bank Loan Supply (forthcoming, Journal of Banking & Finance)
Use of Credit Default Swaps and Bond Mutual Fund Performance

Published Papers

"The Performance of Banks around the Receipt and Repayment of TARP Funds: Over- achievers versus Under-achievers," with Marcia M. Cornett and Hassan Tehranian, Journal of Banking & Finance 37 (2013) 730–746. 

Teaching Interests

  • Finance

Research Interests

  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Intermediation

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