Shannon Lin

Associate Professor; Chair, Department of Accountancy


Phone: 902-494-4153
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave, Room 4090
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Research Topics:
  • Agency theory
  • Economic geography
  • Capital structure
  • Stock market volatility
  • Innovation and R&D
  • Securities analysts



  • PhD (Queen's)
  • MSc (Queen's)
  • BComm (Queen's)

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in corporate finance and financial accounting. Specifically, some of my recent studies explore questions such as how corporate tax aggression affects capital structure, how securities analysts help institutional investors, how headquarters location influences stock volatility and why innovative firms hold more cash.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2015  Rowe Research Fund
  • 2013  Rowe Teaching Development Fund
  • 2011  The CFA Asian Investment Management Research Prize at the Financial Management Association Asian Conference
  • 2011  Financial Management Association Doctoral Student Consortium Fellow
  • 2011  The Monieson Centre Research Award, Queen’s University

Selected Publications

  • When analysts talk do institutional investors listen? Evidence from target price changes. Lin, S., H. Tan & Z. Zhang. Financial Review, 51(2), 191-223  (2016)
  • The curious case of converts. Li, X., S. Lin & A. Tucker. Global Finance Journal, 31, 1-17  (2016)
  • Are ivory towers truly ivory? Knowledge spillovers and firm innovation. Lin, S.  Journal of Economics and Business 80, 21-36  (2015)
  • Corporate tax aggression and debt. Lin, S., N. Tong & A. Tucker. Journal of Banking and Finance 40, 227-241  (2014)
  • Why do firms hold so much cash? An innovation explanation. Lin, S. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences 31(1), 3-17  (2014)