Yifei Mao

Yifei Mao

  • Assistant Professor

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Faculty Area

Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration



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Yifei Mao is an assistant professor of finance at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan University School of Hotel Administration. Her research interests focus on issues in empirical corporate finance, particularly topics related to venture capital, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Her research has been published in Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. She has given presentations and held discussions at conferences such as the NBER Summer Institute, the Western Finance Association (WFA) meetings, the American Finance Association (AFA) meetings, the SFS Cavalcade Conference, and others.

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 Kelley School of Business in Indiana University.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • HADM 2250 - Finance
  • HADM 2220 - Finance
  • HADM 3235/HADM 6235 - Intermediate Corporate Finance

Academic Degrees

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