Yaoyi is a Finance Ph.D. Candidate at The University of Kansas School of Business. He is interested in studying topics in empirical corporate finance, behavioral finance, political economy, insider trading, and IPOs. His current research centers on understanding how the personal traits of executives influence their choices of firm policies and investment decisions. Particularly, he focuses on the impacts of executives' social networks and political orientation. His research has received multiple best paper awards. It has also been featured in various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.