Prof. James O'DONOVAN

PhD - Finance (INSEAD)
M.Sc. - Quantitative Finance (University College Dublin)
B.Sc. - Financial Mathematics (University of Limerick)

Assistant Professor

Prof. James O'DONOVAN

Contact Information

Address: 9-213, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 34425839
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James O'Donovan is an assistant professor of finance at the City University of Hong Kong. His research publications have appeared in the Journal of Financial Economics and The Review of Financial Studies and his research proposals have been funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. James obtained his finance Ph.D. degree from INSEAD and his M.Sc. degree in Quantitative Finance from University College Dublin. His research interests include empirical corporate finance and empirical asset pricing.


Research Grant

  • PI: "Can Variable Annuity Hedging Explain the Excess Implied Volatility Puzzle? ", General Research Fund - HKRGC , (2022-2025) , James O'Donovan
  • PI: "Derivative Gamma Exposure and Underlying Asset Variance", General Research Fund - HKRGC , (2021-2024) , James O'Donovan
  • PI: "Option Implied Informativeness: A Dynamic Perspective ", Start-up Grant - CityU HK , (2020-2022) , James O'Donovan


Journal Publications and Reviews
Conference Papers
Working Papers