Lin William Cong primarily studies corporate finance and investments. His research interests include real options, entrepreneurial finance, market efficiency, statistical learning, financial intermediation, and China’s economy and capital markets.
For his doctoral research, Cong received the Shmuel Kandel Award as well as the Zephyr Prize for Best Paper in Corporate Finance, and was runner-up for the Finance Theory Group Best Paper Award. He was previously a George Shultz Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and a PhD fellow at the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. In addition, he was the recipient of the Gerald Lieberman Fellowship as well as the Stanford Asian American Award, in recognition of his research contributions, graduate leadership, and university teaching and service.
A native of Shenyang, China, Cong earned a PhD in finance and an MS in statistics from Stanford University. He also holds dual degrees from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with an AM in physics, an AB in mathematics and physics, a minor in economics, and a language citation in French.
Cong joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.