Professor Ralf Zurbrugg

Professor Ralf Zurbrugg
 Position Chair of Finance
 Org Unit Adelaide Business School
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5535
 Location Floor/Room 12 21 ,  Nexus 10 ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Ralf Zurbruegg is the Associate Head of Research within the Adelaide Business School and the Discipline Leader for Business Analytics. He has held a number of administrative appointments within the university including as Interim Dean, Head of School and Deputy Dean. He also has served on various committees both inside the University and in the private sector. Ralf has taught and held various visiting positions around the world, including the UK, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE and the US. He is a Justice of the Peace for South Australia, an endowment fund manager for two not-for-profit institutions, serves on the editoral board of several journals, is the academic convenor of the International Centre for Financial Services and a director of a quantitative investment solutions company. He regularly consults for industry, particularly for the hedge fund sector, as well as being an expert witness on a number of state and federal court cases. He has also appeared on television and been quoted in national newspapers over the years.

  • Qualifications

    After graduating with a degree in monetary economics from the London School of Economics, Ralf completed a Masters and then a PhD in financial econometrics from Manchester Business School. Since then he has taught finance and econometric related courses at several universities throughout the world.

  • Teaching Interests

    Ralf currently teaches managerial finance to MBA students.

  • Research Interests

    Ralf has research interests that span the business field, having published in accounting, finance, management and marketing journals.  His research has been published in both national and international press, various public institutions (such as the World Bank), and has appeared on television and radio as a commentator on financial issues. He also has been involved in numerous research grants over the years and manages several long-term competitively funded research projects. His current interests lie in the area of green (ESG) financing and cognitive dissonance behavior exhibited by traders.

  • Research Funding

    Research Grants

    'Development of Evolutionary Computation Processes to aid in Stock Selection Picking', with Thuy To, Martin Schmidt, Zbigniew Michalewicz,, ABP Pension Fund, 2005-07.

    ‘Reporting Methods for Superannuation Performance', with C. Cheong, IFSA (Financial Services Council), 2008. 

    ARC-Linkage, Survival of Australia's Family Farms: Capital Raising and Credit Access, with Stringer, R and Canil J. Partner ANZ Bank, 2009-2013.

    ‘Examination of the Impact of HomeStart loans on the South Australian Mortgage Market', with Mihaylov, G., HomeStart, 2010-2013.

    ARC-Discovery, The Implications for Greying Australia of International Property Market Inter-Linkages, with Gerlach, R. and Wilson, P., 2010-2011.

    ARC-Discovery, Computational Intelligence Methods for Financial Applications, with Z Michalewicz, 2010-2012.

    ARC-Linkage, The Adequacy and Sustainability of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds: Governance, Performance, Asset Allocation, Fee Structure and Compliance, with Yawson, A. and Tretola, J., 2010-2013. 

    ARC-Linkage, Funding our future: perceptions of the value of financial planning advice, with C Plewa, J Sweeney, and Michayluk, D., 2012-2015.

    EU Centre for Global Affairs. Signature research project on corporate governance in Asia, with D Boehe, 2015-2018.

    CPA Australia. Best Practice Governance in the Not-For-Profit Sector, with Coram, P., Kent, P and Yawson, A. 2019.

    Shenzhen Government Innovation Plan Grant. The application of artificial intelligence in financial portfolio management, with Ghandar, A. 2019-2020.



  • Publications

    Ralf has publications in various general and specialised field journals plus books, including Review of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, IEEE Transactions in Evolutionary Computation, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Urban Studies, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Real Estate Economics, among others.


    Recent Publications

    Obaydin, I., Zurbruegg, R., Hossain, M. N., Adhikari, B. K., & Elnahas, A. (2021). Shareholder litigation rights and stock price crash risk. Journal of Corporate Finance

    Cheong, C. S., Hoffmann, A. O. I., & Zurbruegg, R. (2021). Tarred with the Same Brush? Advertising Share of Voice and Stock Price Synchronicity. Journal of Marketing

    Obaydin, I., Zurbruegg, R., Brockman, P., & Richardson, G. (2021). The relative number of anti-takeover provisions and the market for corporate control. Journal of Financial Research

    Xu, L., Yu, C. -F. J., & Zurbruegg, R. (2020). The benefit of being a local leader: Evidence from firm-specific stock price crash risk. Journal of Corporate Finance

    Phan, H. L., & Zurbruegg, R. (2020). The time-to-maturity pattern of futures price sensitivity to news. Journal of Futures Markets

    Liu, C., Cheong, C. S., & Zurbruegg, R. (2020). Rhetoric, Reality, and Reputation: Do CSR and Political Lobbying Protect Shareholder Wealth against Environmental Lawsuits?. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis

    Jaroenjitrkam, A., Yu, C. -F. J., & Zurbruegg, R. (2019). Does market power discipline CEO power? An agency perspective. European Financial Management

    Tan, G., Cheong, C., & Zurbruegg, R. (2019). National culture and individual trading behavior. Journal of Banking and Finance

    Luo, J., Xu, L., & Zurbrugg, R. (2017). The impact of housing wealth on stock liquidity. Review of Finance

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEconomics & Finance, Real Estate
    ExpertiseFinance, Hedge Funds, Investment Banking

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