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Litao Zhong

Associate Professor of Economics and Finance
Hayes Hall 255V
(765) 973-8289


  • Ph.D., Economics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006
  • M.B.A., International Management, Baldwin-Wallace University, 2002
  • B.A., Trade and Economics, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China, 2000

Current Teaching Interests

Managerial Economics, International Economics, Money and Banking

Current Scholarly/Research Interests

International Economics, Regional Economic Development, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Selected Recent Publications

  • Zhong, L. (forthcoming). Innovation as determinants of economic growth in U.S. counties. Journal of Applied Business and Economics.
  • Cheung, O.L., & Zhong, L., (forthcoming). Chapter 15: Using simulation games to engage students in online advanced finance courses. In Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines. Editor: Ross C. Alexander, Ph.D. George Mason University Press.
  • Zhong, L. (2017). Online teaching effectiveness with instructor-made video tutorials: A case of using Explain Everything™, Business Education Innovation Journal, 9(1), 35-42.
  • Zhong, L. (2016). Metropolitan spillover effects and economic growth of non-metropolitan areas: Evidence from Indiana Counties. International Journal of Regional Development, 3(2), 107. http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ijrd.v3i2.9938
  • Zhong, L., Wu, B., & Ding, R. (2014). The change and determinants of urban production efficiency: Evidence from Chinese cities. Journal of International Finance and Economics, 14(1), 102-113. http://dx.doi.org/10.18374/JIFE-14-1.7
  • Wang, Z., Singh, M., Jia, Y., & Zhong. L. (2014). Financing costs: Does the degree of internationalization matter? Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, 14(1), 103-114. http://dx.doi.org/10.18374/JABE-14-1.11

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri, 2007 – 2012
  • Graduate Instructor (Full teaching responsibility), Department of Economics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, August 2004 – December 2006


  • Editorial Board Member for Journal of Finance and Economics

Selected Awards

  • IU East Teaching Award for New Faculty, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Business Research, 2016
  • IU East Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2015


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