prof.dr. M.R. Kabir (Rez)

Chair of Corporate Finance and Risk Management

About Me

Prof. Rezaul Kabir holds the Chair of Corporate Finance and Risk Management at the Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences.

He received his PhD degree in Finance from the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands), and Master degrees in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Earlier, he worked at the universities in Stirling (the United Kingdom), Tilburg and Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium). He was also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management, University Putra Malaysia; and Visiting Professor / Scholar at University of Liege (Belgium), New York University (the United States), Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing (China), University of Melbourne (Australia), and University of Curaçao. Prior to the start of the university career, he worked at Fisons Bangladesh Limited, and was a trainee at the Industrial Bank of Bangladesh, Dhaka; and the European Commission, Brussels.

Prof. Kabir has lectured extensively undergraduate, graduate and executive level courses, at many different universities. His research has been primarily multi-disciplinary, empirical and policy-oriented. Throughout an academic career spanning more than 35 years, he has studied a wide range of topical issues related to corporate finance, corporate valuation, corporate governance, corporate diversification, corporate social responsibility, business groups, regulation of capital market, financial crisis, and small business. His research papers have appeared in national and international books, reports, and scientific journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, European Economic Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Journal of Economics and Business, Applied Financial Economics, Research in International Business and Finance, Pacific Accounting Review, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and China Journal of Accounting Research. He belongs to the top 10% of authors on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) by all-time downloads.

Prof. Kabir has travelled worldwide to present papers and give talks at international academic conferences and universities. He has supervised several hundreds BSc and MSc thesis research students, and 11 PhD thesis research students. He also worked on research projects funded by governmental and private agencies. He was a mentor of young academics from many different countries: Bangladesh, Czech Republic, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, and Vietnam.


Executive Compensation
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Netherlands
Cost Of Debt
Firm Performance
Business Groups
Foreign Ownership

Ancillary Activities

  • Zorginstituut Nederland
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Areas of interest

Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Small Business, Valuation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Microfinance, Financial Crisis, Risk Management, Finance & Regulation, Finance & Technology.



Tran, T. , Kabir, R. , & Huang, X. (2020). Corporate governance reform, board independence and earnings management: Evidence from Vietnam. In ICECH2020 - International Conference on Emerging Challenges: Contemporary Issues in Innovation and Management
Arifin, T. , Kabir, R., & Hasan, I. (2019). Does it cost to be politically connected? An examination of the grabbing hand hypothesis using corporate taxes. Paper presented at 42nd Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, EAA 2019, Paphos, Cyprus.
Huang, X. , Kabir, R., & Nguyen , N. T. (2019). The Impact of Project and Founder Quality on Crowdfunding Success. Paper presented at 10th INEKA Conference Verona 2019, Verona, Italy.
Arifin, T., Hasan, I. , & Kabir, R. (2018). Transactional and Relational Approaches to Political Connections and the Cost of Debt. Paper presented at 41st Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, EAA 2018, Milan, Italy.
Kabir, R., Li, H., & Veld-Merkoulova, Y. (2018). Do managers act opportunistically towards the end of their career? Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 56, 218-232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intfin.2018.01.006
Kabir, R. , & Thái Minh, H. (2017). The Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure on the Cost of Equity of Firms and the Moderating Role of Ownership. 1-27. Paper presented at International Conference "CSR, the Economy and Financial Markets" 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Huang, X. , Kabir, R., & Zhang, L. (2016). Government ownership, concentration, and the capital structure of firms: Analysis of an institutional context from China. Paper presented at 23rd Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.
Essa, S. A. G. , Kabir, M. R., & Nguyen, H. T. (2016). Does Corporate Governance Affect Earnings Management? Evidence from Vietnam?. -. Paper presented at 2016 Vietnam symposium in Banking and Finance (VSBF), Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Kabir, M. R. , & Thai Minh, H. T. M. (2016). Does corporate governance shape the relationship between corporate social responsibility and financial performance?. Paper presented at 3rd Vietnam International Conference in Finance, VICIF 2016, Da Nang, Viet Nam.
Other Contributions

Key publications

Journal of Banking and Finance

  • Executive compensation and the cost of debt, 2013, vol. 37, pp. 2893-2907. (with Hao Li and Yulia Veld-Merkoulova).
  • Capital structure around the world: the roles of firm- and country-specific determinants, 2008, vol. 32, pp. 1954-1969. (with Abe de Jong and Thuy Nguyen).

Strategic Management Journal

  • Foreign and domestic ownership, business groups and firm performance: evidence from a large emerging market, 2006, vol. 27, pp. 637-657. (with Sytse Douma and Rejie George).
  • Takeover defenses, ownership structure and stock returns in the Netherlands: an empirical analysis, 1997, vol. 18, pp. 97-109. (with Dolf Cantrijn and Andreas Jeunink).

Journal of Corporate Finance

  • Transactional and relational approaches to political connections and the cost of debt, 2020, vol. 65, 101768. (with Taufiq Arifin and Iftekhar Hasan).
  • Can the stock market anticipate future operating performance? Evidence from equity rights issues, 2003, vol. 9, pp. 93-113. (with Peter Roosenboom).

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting

  • Empirical evidence on the role of trading suspensions in disseminating new information to the capital market, 2006, vol. 33, pp. 1142-1167. (with Peter-Jan Engelen).

European Economic Review

  • Insider trading restrictions and the stock market: evidence from the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, 1996, vol. 40, pp. 1591-1603, (with Theo Vermaelen).

Journal of Business Research

  • Does the financial crisis change the effect of financing on investment? Evidence from private SMEs, 2020, vol. 110, pp. 456-463. (with Siraz Zubair and Xiaohong Huang).
  • Heterogeneity in business groups and the corporate diversification - firm performance relationship, 2012, vol. 65, pp. 412-420. (with Rejie George).
  • Business groups and profit redistribution: a boon or a bane for firms? 2008, vol. 61, pp. 1004-1014. (with Rejie George).

 Journal of Multinational Financial Management

  • Key factors determining corporate social responsibility practices of Vietnamese firms and the joint effects of foreign ownership, 2021, vol. 59, 100676. (with Hanh Minh Thai).
  • Investment-cash flow sensitivity and financing constraints: new evidence from Indian business group firms, 2011, vol. 21, pp. 69-88. (with Rejie George and Jing Qian).
  • Is the pay - performance relationship always positive? Evidence from the Netherlands, 2008, vol. 18, pp. 45-60. (with Pieter Duffhues).
  • Trading behavior and firm-specific characteristics during the crash of 1987: Evidence from the Netherlands, 1993, vol. 3, pp. 41-62. (with Uri Ben-Zion).

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money

  • Do managers act opportunistically towards the end of their career? 2018, vol. 56, pp. 218-232. (with Hao Li and Yulia Veld-Merkoulova).

Journal of Economics and Business

  • Finance - growth nexus and banking efficiency: The impact of microfinance institutions, 2021, vol. 114, 105975. (with Afsheen Abrar and Iftekhar Hasan).
  • The stock market performance of the central banks of Belgium and Japan, 2002, vol. 54, pp. 137-152. (with Lawrence Goldberg).

Research in International Business and Finance

  • Compensation consultants and CEO pay, 2014, vol. 32, pp. 172-189. (with Marizah Minhat).


UT Research Information System

Google Scholar Link


  • Corporate Finance (194110070)
  • Investments and Risk Management (201600013)
  • Business Valuation and Corporate Governance (201800089)
  • FENSI (201500016)
  • CHANGEL (201500017)
  • Master Thesis (194100040)
  • Bachelor Thesis (201200015)
  • Financial Risk Management (Professional Learning & Development)
  • Finance Bootcamp for Smart Businesses (CuriousU)

Affiliated Study Programmes





Expertise on corporate finance, small business finance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, financial crisis, law & finance.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2420
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2420
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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