Cao, Jay J.(曹杰)

BA (Peking U); MS, PhD (Texas at Austin)

Associate Professor


Department of Finance

Room 1242, 12/F
Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

+852 3943 7757


Prof. Jie (Jay) Cao is an Associate Professor in Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School. He received his PhD in Finance from University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and BA in Economics from Peking University in 2002.

His research areas are empirical asset pricing, derivatives, and behavioural finance. His research specifically focuses on the return predictability and quantitative trading strategies using stocks and stock options. His papers are published or forthcoming in Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Management Science. His works has been presented in major finance conferences such as American Finance Association annual meeting, Western Finance Association annual meeting, European Finance Association annual meeting, and The Financial Intermediation Research Society Conference, and conferences held by institutions such as Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Deutsche Bank, and Macquarie Group.

He has also been invited by industry professionals for presentation such as Morgan Stanley, Two Sigma, Cubist Systematic Strategies, and Yinghua Fund Management. His papers have received many awards. He is the Principal Investigator of several Hong Kong competitive RGC grants and many other research grants from both academic and industry sponsors such as The Canadian Derivatives Institute (CDI).

He teaches undergraduate Investments, MSc Fixed income, and PhD Empirical Asset Pricing, and has received the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award of CUHK. He has also provided consulting services for several fintech startups and hedge funds.

Teaching Areas

Fixed Income
Financial Markets
Empirical Asset Pricing

Research Interests

Empirical Asset Pricing
Behavioural Finance
ESG Investing

  • Grants
    • “ESG Performance and Option Market”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2021-2024
    • “ESG Preference and Market Efficiency”, Research Grant awarded by Geneva Institute for Wealth Management, 2020
    • “Advances in Risk Premia and Quantitative Investing”, PROCORE-France/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme awarded by Research Grants Council, 2020-2021
    • “Textual Analysis and the Cross-Section of Equity Option Returns”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2019-2022
    • “Corporate Social Responsibility, Socially Responsible Investing, and Stock Market Efficiency”, Risk Premia Research Grant awarded by Paris-Dauphine House of Finance and Unigestion, 2019
    • “The Information in Equity Option Prices and Corporate Bond Returns”, awarded by The Canadian Derivatives Institute (CDI), 2017-2019
    • “Option Trading and Corporate Debt Structure”, awarded by The Canadian Derivatives Institute (CDI), 2016-2018
    • “What Drives Option Return Predictability?”, awarded by The Canadian Derivatives Institute (CDI), 2016-2018
    • “Does the Introduction of One Derivative Affect Another Derivative? The Effect of Credit Default Swaps Trading on Equity Option”, awarded by The Canadian Derivatives Institute (CDI), 2015-2017
    • “Does Peer Pressure Impact Corporate Social Responsibility? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis (同業壓力如何影響企業社會責任?基於斷點回歸方法的分析)”, General Research Fund awarded by Research Grants Council, 2015-2017
    • “Does CDS Trading Affect Option Pricing? (信用違約互換的交易是否影響期權定價)”, awarded by Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, 2012-2014
  • Awards & Honours
    • Best Paper Award on Derivatives, Northern Finance Association Annual Conference, 2020
    • Best Paper Prize, FMA Consortium on Asset Management by University of Cambridge, 2020
    • AAM-CAMRI Prize in Asset Management, Asia Asset Management and NUS, 2019
    • Best Paper Award, the 26th Conference on the Theories and Practices of Securities and Financial Markets, Taiwan, 2018
    • ETF Research Academy Award of the Paris-Dauphine House of Finance (in association with Lyxor Asset Management), 2018
    • CQA Academic Competition Award, 2017
    • 3rd CQAsia Academic Competition Award, 2016
    • Zephyr Prize (best corporate finance paper), 28th Australasian Finance & Banking Conference, Sydney, 2015
    • 1st CQAsia Academic Competition Award, 2014
    • Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2011-2012
    • Best Paper Award, the 17th Conference on the Theories and Practices of Securities and Financial Markets, Taiwan, 2009
  • Academic/Professional Services

    Board of Directors

    • Chicago Quantitative Alliance Asia, November 2018-Present

    Speakers at Professional and Public Events

    • Deutsche Bank Annual Global Quantitative Strategy Conference, 2018, New York
    • Deutsche Bank dbAccess Global Quant Conference, 2017, Hong Kong
    • 2nd Asian ETF Summit, 2017, Hong Kong
    • Chicago Quantitative Alliance Asia Conference, 2014-2017, Hong Kong
    • Macquarie Global Quantitative Research Conference, 2016, Hong Kong
    • Yinghua Fund Management, 2015, Beijing
    • Two Sigma Investments, 2015, New York
    • Morgan Stanley, 2015, New York
    • Deutsche Bank Annual Global Quantitative Strategy Conference, 2015, New York
    • Cubist Systematic Strategies, 2015, New York
    • OptionMetrics Research Conference, 2012 and 2015, New York
    • Advances in the Analysis of Hedge Fund Strategies Conference, 2009 and 2015, London

    Contribution to News Article

    • PROJECT-M Magazine by Allianz Global Investors, “Let the Chinese Buyer Beware”, March 2012

    External Examiner

    • The University of Hong Kong, 2012, 2014, 2015(2), 2017(2), 2018
    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2017
    • City University of Hong Kong, 2017
    • Singapore Management University, 2017
    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2017

    International Editorial Advisory Board

    • China Finance Review International, July 2016-Present