The finance faculty is an active research group dedicated to advancing the understanding of financial economics. Many of the faculty have earned international reputations for contributions to their fields. They are officers of prestigious professional organizations, are editors of and serve on editorial boards of leading academic journals, and consult and teach for public and private sector organizations. They are frequent contributors to the leading scholarly journals in finance and economics.

The combined intellectual capital of the Smith School’s 150 full-time and 50 part-time faculty are geared to the forces that are transforming the global economy and business and dedicated to helping our students understand and adapt to change. The Smith School is consistently ranked in the top 15 in the world for faculty research by Businessweek and Financial Times.

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Browse Smith Faculty Working Papers at Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)

The Trouble With Being Public in Emerging Markets
You'd think the world’s major multinational, publicly traded firms might have an advantage across the developing world over privately owned rivals. Not so, according to new research. And the reason why is a bit surprising.
Feb 19, 2020
Do Institutional Investors Have An Edge on News?
Research finds no advantage, just superior skills for institutional investors when it comes to reading and reacting to news with stock trades.
Jan 30, 2020
An Analyst's Actual Impact
How much do analysts really move markets? New research examine the role that reports play in determining an analyst's future at big investment banks.
Feb 11, 2019
A New Way To Predict Mutual Fund Returns
With so many mutual fund companies and so many pricing options out there, how should an investor choose?
Nov 01, 2018
The Cross Section of Commodity Returns
What’s the most useful way to look at commodity prices? A team of Smith School researchers sought to answer that question by examining commodity futures returns over a 42-year period.
Jan 29, 2018
How to Optimize Executive Incentives
Leaders can lose their jobs for simply having the right skills at the wrong time, which can complicate negotiations for executive incentive packages.
Jan 16, 2018
Slow and Steady Avoids the Crash
Wall Street traders can keep the market from crashing by implementing a slow-and-steady trading strategy.
Nov 27, 2017
Giving Power to the People
Virtually all director elections in the U.S. are uncontested and a single “for” vote is enough to elect a director. Do votes in these routine elections even matter? Yes, according to new research.
Sep 28, 2017
The Upsides of Swimming in a Crowded Pool
Investors hate competition because it destroys firm value, but it also spreads the risk among many players when market demand falls.
Apr 02, 2019
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