First online PhD defence at Erasmus School of Economics

Zhaowen Qian defended her dissertation online on Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 11:30. Her supervisors are Professor Mary Pieterse-Bloem from Erasmus School of Economics, Professor Willem Verschoor from VU Amsterdam and Professor Remco Zwinkels from VU Amsterdam.

In her dissertation 'Time-Varying Integration and Portfolio Choices in the European Capital Markets’, she states that country factors still play a bigger role than industry factors in the European capital markets with significant time variation. She concludes that both factors need to be utilised to achieve better portfolio performances.

Zhaowen was born in Zhejiang, China, and holds a B.A. in Finance from Fudan University in China and a B.S. in International Business and Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. After her bachelor's, she moved to Rotterdam to pursue a research master in Finance. After graduating cum-laude, she continued as a PhD candidate at Erasmus School of Economics to conduct further research in Finance. Her PhD project provides new evidence about financial integration and portfolio management in the fixed-income market by hand-collecting a unique and comprehensive data set of European corporate bonds.

The research project is conducted within the Erasmus Doctoral Programme organised by Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the joint research institute of Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Economics. Due to the current coronavirus crisis, Erasmus School of Economics aims to offer online solutions for research and educational activities as much as possible.