Dr Toro Tao Chen

Interview with Dr Toro Tao Chen

Dr Toro Tao Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration. He is one of the successful applicants for this year’s Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) supported by the Research Grants Council. The project, entitled ‘Round number biases, buy-sell imbalances and transaction time: The international evidence’, is a study in the area of behavioural finance.

Dr Chen’s project sets out to examine the clustering phenomenon of stock prices at round numbers, to see if investors’ trading behaviours are biased to round numbers. It involves a cross-country analysis.

Dr Chen explained that one of the factors responsible for the success of his proposal could be the ‘internationalness’ of his research idea. He learned from the reviewers’ feedback on his previous research papers that, for research focusing on a specific country, the generalizability of the results and the potential contributions of the research would be challenged. He argued that this is crucial for finance research as international evidence allows more robust and persuasive conclusions to be drawn.

As a productive academic in research publication, Dr Chen said that his motivations are two-fold: his own interest and co-authorship. His interest in research drives him to keep track of the latest developments and trends in his field, which helps him to stimulate research ideas. He also maintains an active research collaboration network with his previous colleagues and his commitment to co-authorship with them pushes him to work intensely. As he engages heavily in teaching during the term period, Dr Chen stressed the importance of the summer break for his research work.

Dr Chen recommended that young academics who have just graduated should not give up on research. In retrospect, he believed he would not have succeeded in his FDS application if he had not pushed himself to publish at least one paper per year. The advantages of doing so are self-evident – one keeps track of the development in certain theories and is more capable of identifying research gaps, which leads to the production of research ideas.



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