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Karen (Jingrong) Lin

Karen (Jingrong) Lin, Ph.D. Associate Professor


Financial accounting, capital market based accounting, agency theory, emerging market accounting issues

Research Interest

Corporate governance, corporate finance, agency theory, compensation

Educational Background

B.A., Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
M.A., Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
M.S.I.A., Carnegie Mellon University 
Ph.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Lin joined the Manning School of Business in 2012. She was an assistant professor at the Sun Yat-sen University in China, which is among the top 10 universities in the country. She has taught Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Auditing and Advanced topics in Accounting. Prior to joining the academia, she worked as a tax consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and as an Internal Audit consultant in a multi-national textile company. She is also a CPA of China.

Professor Lin’s scholarly activities include works in corporate governance, earnings and real activity management, internal control, and accounting information.

Selected publications:

  1. Lin, Karen J., Tan, J., Zhao, L., Karim, K. 2015. In the Name of Charity: Political Connections and Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility in a Transition Economy. Journal of Corporate Finance, 32: 327-346
  2. Chen, Y., Li, W., Lin, Karen J. 2015. Cumulative Voting: Investor Protection or Antitakeover? Evidence from Family Firms in China. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 23 (3): 234-248
  3. Lin, Karen J., Karim, K., Carter, C. 2015. Why does China's stock market have highly synchronous stock price movements? An information supply perspective. Advances in Accounting, 31(1): 68-79.
  4. Holder, A., Karim, K., Lin, Karen J., Woods, M. 2013. A Content Analysis of the Comment Letters to the FASB and IASB: Accounting for Contingencies. Advances in Accounting, 29: 134-153