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Jason Pang-Li Chen was born in Taichung, Taiwan, and moved to New Zealand when he was 13. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of New South Wales before earning a master’s in economics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then a PhD in finance from Drexel University. In between his graduate degrees, he worked two years at Fubon Bank, a commercial bank in Shanghai.
His research is in the field of empirical corporate finance, focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including the study of how to design policy to maximize social welfare. His research aims to shed light on this question by documenting the cost and benefits of regulation and corporate governance mechanisms.