Yifei Mao

Yifei Mao

  • Assistant Professor

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Faculty Area

Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Faculty Expertise

  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation


School of Hotel Administration



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Yifei Mao is an assistant professor of finance at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Her research interests are focused on issues in empirical corporate finance, particularly topics related to venture capital, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Her research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Mao was selected as a participant in the NBER Entrepreneurship Research Bootcamp during the summer of 2014. She has given presentations and held discussions at conferences such as the Western Finance Association (WFA) meetings, the American Finance Association (AFA) meetings, the SFS Calvacade Conference, and the NBER Summer Institute.

Mao received her BA in economics from School of Economics and Management in Tsinghua University, her master's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in finance from Kelly School of Business in Indiana University.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • HADM 2220 - Finance
  • HADM 3235/HADM 6235 - Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • HADM 4990 - Special Studies Project I

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Indiana University, 2015
  • MA University of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • BA Tsinghua University, 2008