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Faculty and Research

Research in finance is mostly based on economic models, which are used to address problems such as the allocation of capital, risk, and rewards in the economy. Empirical work also widely uses the tools of econometrics -- the application of statistics to economics. Mathematical tools are extremely important in finance, helping to solve sophisticated models that reflect, as closely as possible, the important features of the market.

Because financial research is analytical, we look for a strong quantitative background in potential applicants, as evidenced by an undergraduate training in economics, mathematics, engineering, or any other quantitative discipline as well as GMAT/GRE scores.

The faculty members in the finance group at the Olin Business School are active and renowned researchers dedicated to advancing the understanding of financial economics. Faculty research interests encompass many areas of finance, including both empirical and theoretical topics. Some areas of current interest are banking and financial intermediation, corporate finance, corporate control and capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, asset pricing models, investments and portfolio allocation models, and market microstructure.

Research papers by faculty members have recently been published in well-respected journals such as:
  • American Economic Review
  • Journal of Finance
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Journal of Financial Intermediation


FACULTY MEMBERS
Philip H. Dybvig
Boatmen's Bancshares Professor of
Banking and Finance
PhD, Yale University
Asset pricing, banking, financial markets,
fixed income securities

Armando Gomes
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Harvard University
Corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions,
corporate governance, economic theory

Radhakrishnan Gopalan
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Corporate finance, corporate governance, emerging market financial systems

Stuart I. Greenbaum
Bank of America Professor Emeritus of Managerial Leadership
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Banking and financial intermediation

Ohad Kadan
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Market microstructure, corporate finance, economics of information, game theory

Roni Kisin
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Chicago
Applied corporate finance,
labor economics, financial intermediation

Isaac Kleshchelski
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, Northwestern University
Asset Pricing

Mark Leary
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, Duke University
Corporate finance, financial economics

Hong Liu
Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Asset pricing, market microstructure
Asaf Manela
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Chicago
Asset pricing, acquisition and diffusion of Information in financial markets, role of the media in finance, learning and portfolio choice

Thomas Maurer
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, The London School of Economics
Asset pricing, optimal portfolio choice, long run risks, demographic change and uncertainty in finance, innovation, growth and endogenous capital accumulation in finance, learning in financial markets

Mathew Ringgenberg
Assistant Professor of Finance
University of North Carolina
Empirical asset pricing, equity lending, information economics, short selling

Todd T. Milbourn
Associate Dean & Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog
Professor of Finance
PhD, Indiana University
Corporate finance, managerial remuneration, financial intermediation, economics of
asymmetric information

Anjan Thakor
Director of Doctoral Programs and
John E. Simon Professor of Finance
PhD, Northwestern University
Corporate finance, financial intermediation,
economics of asymmetric information

Ngoc-Khanh Tran
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Asset pricing, international finance, investments

Guofu Zhou
Frederick Bierman and James E. Spears
Professor of Finance
PhD, Duke University
Asset pricing tests, future and options
markets, the structure of interest rates

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