Jian Yang is J.P. Morgan endowed chair and Research Director at J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, discipline director/department chair of finance, and founding director of Center for China Financial Research at the University of Colorado Denver. He is also a Research Fellow of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University in China, and previously held positions of visiting fellow at People’s Bank of China and visiting scholar at St. Louis Fed. Prior to his joining CU Denver, he worked as an assistant professor/associate professor at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.
Yang is recognized as one of the most prolific authors in finance during the past 50 years based on core finance journal publications, and one of 15 commodities friendly professors in the world. He has published about 70 refereed journal articles on such journals as Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and Journal of Banking and Finance.
His research has been reprinted in a four-volume major finance work reference book, won a number of research awards including Asian Finance Association PBFJ Best Paper Award, cited in many textbooks and policy reports of international organizations and governments around the world, and featured by over 50 media outlets including New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, Daily Mail (UK), CNBC, US News and World Report, and Economic Daily (China). His research has also been presented at European Central Bank, FDIC, People’s Bank of China, EIA, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and CSRC.
PhD Agricultural Economics, Finance Minor, Texas A&M University
MS Finance, Texas A&M University
MA International Economics, Nankai University
BS Chemistry, Nankai University
Areas of expertise
Empirical Asset Pricing
Publications and presentations
As of December 2020, the standard count of (all-inclusive) citations was over 4,500 cites based on Google Scholar and well over 1,000 SSCI/SCI cites, with a Google Scholar h-index of 36. Cites by other researchers include citations from such journals as Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Real Estate Economics, and many textbooks in finance, econometrics, real estate, commodity markets, and optimization (including two textbooks authored by a Nobel Laureate and a chair professor at Harvard, respectively). These papers have also been cited in policy reports by IMF, World Bank, Bank of International Settlements, World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Commission, US International Trade Commission, UK Scottish Government, Government of India, among others, and also frequently by policy research working papers of major international organizations (e.g., IMF, World Bank, BIS, FAO) and central banks and other financial regulators (or in a few cases other national government agencies) in dozens of countries around the world (e.g., the US, EU, China, Japan, France, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, Austria, Finland, Philippines, Chile, Colombia, Czech, Greece). One of these research papers has been reprinted in a four-volume major finance work reference book. Some research papers have been featured by more than 50 newspapers/TVs/magazines/radios in English and in Chinese, such as New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, CNBC, Daily Mail (UK), US News and World Report. Yang’s commentaries and analysis on commodities (and to a lesser extent China's finance and economy) are published and quoted by news media reaching out to dozens of countries and in several languages (e.g., English, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian), including Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, China Daily (global & US editions, European Weekly & African Weekly), World Finance magazine (UK), Australian Financial Review, RT TV network (Russia), People's Daily (Chinese), Economic Daily (Chinese), etc.
Yang was also invited to deliver research presentations at European Central Bank, FDIC, People’s Bank of China (Central Bank of China), China Securities Regulatory Commission, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, US EIA, many universities in the US and overseas, and several futures exchanges and major financial institutions.
Laube Community Impact Award, The Business School, University of Colorado Denver, 2018
Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2011 (65th edition), 2014 (68th edition), 2015 (69th edition), 2016 (70th edition)
Ranked 31st (ties) worldwide in the inaugural Real Estate Academic Leadership author rankings based on the number of publications in top three real estate journals during 2011-2015 (“The Real Estate Academic Rankings for 2011-2015,” by Jesse Saginor, Journal of Real Estate Literature, 2015, p.253-257)
Best Service Award, Chinese Economists Society (US), 2015
Best Manuscript Award, American Real Estate Society, 2013
Pacific-Basin Finance Journal Best Paper Award, Asian Finance Association, 2013
15 Commodity-Friendly Professors in the world (by CommodityHQ.com), 2013
Outstanding Research Award, The Business School, University of Colorado Denver, 2013, 2009
Best Paper Award (1st Prize), Global Chinese Real Estate Congress, 2010
Ranked 744th (top 4 percentile among 17,601 finance academics) in the world based on the number of publications in 26 core finance journals over the past 50 years from 1959 to 2008 (“Most Prolific Authors in the Finance Literature: 1959 to 2008,” by Philip L. Cooley and Jean L. Heck at SSRN)
Excellence in Research Award, College of Business, Prairie View A&M University, 2006, 2004, 2002
McGraw-Hill/Irwin Distinguished Paper Award, Academy of International Business (US Southwest), 2003
Best Paper in International Finance Award, Southwestern Finance Association, 2003
T.K. Ann Outstanding Paper Award in International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC), P. R. China, 2002
Best Paper in International Finance Award, Southwestern Finance Association, 2002
Tom Slick Dissertation Research Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 1999
Editorial Board: Journal of Futures Markets (2013-present), Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, etc.
Associate Editor: Journal of Commodity Markets (2015-present)
Visiting Fellow: People's Bank of China (Central Bank of China), 2016
Visiting (Chair) Professor: Nankai University (2004-2016), Sun Yat-Sen University (2005, 2008-2011), Zhejiang University (2014-2016), Xiamen University (2008)
Visiting Scholar: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 2006
Research Fellow: National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University (jointly with all major financial regulators in China), 2018 – present; Center for Hospitality and Real Estate Research, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2012-2015
Faculty Affiliate: Cornell Institute of China Economics Research, Cornell University, 2018– present
Chief Academic Adviser: Shanghai Futures Institute, Tongji University (jointly with Shanghai Futures Association), 2018 – present
Referee: over 200 times for 64 journals (as of 2016)