Francesco D'Acunto is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland. His research interests focus on empirical corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and innovation, and cultural finance. Prior to joining the Smith School, D'Acunto earned a M.Sc. and Ph.d. in finance from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and a M.A. in Economics and Business Law from the Università di Tor Vergata, Italy.