Lecturer in Banking and Finance
Accounting and Finance Division

+44 (0) 113 34 37801
Academic, Accounting and Finance
Room 2.02, 16 Clarendon Place


PhD in Finance, Loughborough University, 2015

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET), 2017

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)



Dr Bin Xu is a Lecturer in Finance at Leeds University Business School who joined the School in July 2017. Prior to that, he worked for three years as a Lecturer in Finance at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Xu received his PhD degree from Loughborough University in 2015, and was also awarded the Dean’s Award for Doctoral Student of the Year. He received his MSc and BA (Hons) degrees from the universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham respectively. He has been a visiting researcher at the Norwegian School of Economics and Warwick Business School, and has academic exchange experience at the University of British Columbia.

Dr Xu’s primary research areas are corporate finance and behavioural finance. His recent research examines various corporate financial decisions. His work has been presented frequently at several major international conferences and prestigious universities. He welcomes PhD applications from highly motivated prospective students who would like to conduct research related to his areas of expertise.


Research Interests

  • Various corporate financial policies
  • The effect of managerial traits and biases
  • Product market competition and firm growth
  • Content analysis of corporate disclosure
  • Corporate governance

LUBS5006M International Business Finance

LUBS5001M Security Investment Analysis

LUBS2205 Corporate Finance


Refereed Articles

1.   Optimistic Disclosure Tone and Conservative Debt Policy, Abacus, 2017, Forthcoming (with A. Ataullah and A. Vivian).

2.   Time-varying Managerial Overconfidence and Pecking Order Preference, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 2017, Forthcoming (with A. Vivian).

3.   Time-varying Managerial Overconfidence and Corporate Debt Maturity Structure, European Journal of Finance, 2017, Forthcoming (with A. Ataullah and A. Vivian).

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