Assistant Professor of Finance

Linlin Ma

413D Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




Ph.D. in Finance, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
M.Sc. in Finance, Durham University, Durham, UK
B.A. in Finance, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Ma's broad research interests lie in the area of investments and corporate finance, with a particular focus on how mutual fund families hire, retain, and incentivize their portfolio managers and the impact of these decisions on fund performance and risk-taking. She has primary teaching interests in corporate finance and investments.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to her position at Northeastern University, Professor Ma served as an Instructor for finance courses and as a Graduate Research Assistant at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business. She has also worked in the Department of Portfolio Management at CITIC Securities.

Awards & Recognition

Teaching Excellence Award, Georgia State University, 2012

AFA Travel Grant, 2012

FMA Best Paper Award in Investments, 2011


Selected Publications

Ma, L., & Tang, Y. (2018). Portfolio Manager Ownership and Mutual Fund Risk Taking. Management Science, forthcoming.

Ma, L., Tang, Y., & Gómez, J. P. (2018). Portfolio manager compensation in the US mutual fund industry. Journal of Finance, forthcoming.

Bai, J. J., Ma, L., Mullally, K., & Solomon, D. (2017). What a Difference a (Birth) Month Makes: The Relative Age Effect and Fund Manager Performance. Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming.


Selected Presentations

Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting, Orlando, October 2015

China International Conference in Finance (CICF), July 2015

Western Finance Association (WFA) Annual Meeting, June 2015

5th Annual Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting (CFEA), November 2014

University at Albany Inaugural Financial Market Symposium, September 2014

Boston Finance Area Symposium (BFAS), April 2014

Selected Media Appearances

February 04, 2018

Why older kindergartners should run your mutual fund (someday)

John Bai, LinLin Ma, and their co-authors’ were recently featured in The Wall Street Journal for their highly praised research that identifies a link between mutual fund manager performance and kindergarten entry age, citing relative-age effect and confidence as factors for success.

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