The light is almost always on in Chen-Lung Chin's third-floor office, an indication of just how busy the visiting accounting professor from Taipei, Taiwan, has been since he arrived at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business on a one-year Fulbright scholarship.
Chin is hard at work researching institutional investments. He's looking at whether analysts are more or less likely to issue earnings forecasts for different types of holdings and examining the effects of fair disclosure regulations. His hope is that the research will be something he can take back to Taiwan.
"We're looking at how we can learn from institutional investor behavior in the U.S. and how we can develop policy based on those insights," Chin said.
Although the U.S. stock market is a very different animal than the Taiwanese market--more mature, and more accessible--Chin believes his country can learn a lot from careful examination of U.S. data.
Associate Professor of Accounting Steve Matsunaga says Chin's decision to study at the Lundquist College of Business says a lot about its growing international reputation. He says the presence of a Fulbright scholar helps expand connections to East Asia and benefits students and faculty alike.
Chin was drawn to the UO based on its reputation as a great place to do accounting research. He had read--and was impressed by--several papers in "the top three journals" on accounting research authored by Lundquist faculty. He also considered the recommendation of fellow National Chengchi University professor Jia Wen Liang, who in 2002 earned a Ph.D. in accounting from the UO.
"She said, ?Oregon is a very beautiful place,'" Chin recalled. "I'm very interested in environmental issues and Oregon is a very ?green' state."
In addition to being a student of environmental causes, Chin has taken advantage of some of the region's outdoor offerings. He rides to campus each day on a borrowed mountain bike and enjoys skiing with his wife Li Hua Kao and daughter Rachel.
Chin has continued to serve, remotely, as editor of the International Journal of Accounting Studies, Taiwan's most influential accounting journal. He has attended accounting workshops and seminars at the UO and become acquainted with students.
"I think having a professor like Dr. Chin can bring a lot of different dimensions to the college," said William Wu, a third-year doctoral student from China. "Looking beyond the U.S. markets can help expand our view of how the world works."