Dr. Mingzhi Liu is an Associate Professor of Accounting. Prior to joining the I.H. Asper School of Business in July 2011, he earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). Dr. Liu also holds an MPhil degree from Lingnan University (HKSAR, China) and a bachelor’s degree from Xiamen University (Xiamen, China). He is the recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, University Research Grants Program, Associates Achievement Award for Research & Engagement  and CPA Manitoba Research Fellowship. His work has been published in refereed journals such as ABACUS, Corporate Governance: An International Review, European Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research and others.

Dr. Liu is a compulsive sports fan, especially soccer and track & field, and he is a Manitoba full-marathon finisher.

Research Interests

  • Corporate Governance and Disclosure
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Cost of Debt
  • Family Business

Recent Publications

Gao, J., Liu, M., & Wang, Y. Diversity in family business: Where social goals collide with family socioemotional wealth. Review of Corporate Finance. Forthcoming.  

Ding, R., Liu, M., Wang, Y., & Wu. Z. Can family involvement be a substitute for executive inside debt in lowering the cost of bank loans? A behavioural agency perspective. Review of Corporate Finance. Forthcoming. 

Ding, R., Liu, M., Wang, T., & Wu. Z. (2021). The impact of climate risk on earnings management: International evidence. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 40(2), 106818.  

Jacoby, G., Liu, M., Wang, Y., Wu, Z., & Zhang, Y. (2019). Corporate governance, external control, public governance, and environmental information transparency: Evidence from emerging markets. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, & Money, 58, 269-283.  

Jacoby, G., Li, J., & Liu, M. (2019). Financial distress, political affiliation and earnings management: The case of politically affiliated private firms. The European Journal of Finance, 25(6): 508-523.  

Cui, V., Ding, S., Liu, M., & Wu, Z. (2018). Revisiting the effect of family involvement on corporate social responsibility: A behavioural agency perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 152(1): 291-309.  

Haider, Z.A., Liu, M., Wang, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2018). Government ownership, financial constraint, corruption, and corporate performance: International evidence. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, & Money, 53, 76-93.  

Liu, M., Shi, Y., Wilson, C., & Wu, Z. (2017). Does family involvement explain why corporate social responsibility affects earnings management? Journal of Business Research, 75, 8-16.  

Li, C., Li, J., Liu, M., Wang, Y., & Wu, Z. (2017). Anti-misconduct policies, corporate governance, and capital market responses: International evidence. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, & Money, 48, 47-60.