Simon Business School


Finance at Simon Business School deals with problems of corporate financial policy, individual consumption-investment choices, and capital market equilibrium in an uncertain environment. The principles of price theory, mathematics, and statistics provide the basis for analyzing these problems. In particular, close attention is given to investor-management behavior induced by utility maximization, how this behavior is affected by information, regulation, and contractual arrangements, and the implications of these considerations for systematic, measurable phenomena in financial markets. The methodological approach taken at Simon Business School places strong emphasis on formal modeling of these problems and empirical testing of alternative theories.

Faculty and Research Interests

  • Gregory Bauer: His area of research is international finance.
  • James A. Brickley: His research and teaching interests are in the economics of organizations, corporate governance and compensation policy, corporate finance, franchising, and banking.
  • Daniel Burnside: His teaching goal is to provide students with the knowledge to bridge the gap between the academic theories and the practitioner world of money management.
  • Yixin Chen: Areas of interest include, empirical asset pricing, information economics, Institutional Investo
  • Ramona Dagostino: Her primary research interests are financial intermediation and local government financing.
  • Michael Gofman: His teaching interests include corporate finance and financial and economic networks. His research interests include financial networks, financial intermediation, financial regulation, production networks, trade credit, systemic risk, financial stability, payment systems and creative destruction.
  • Ron Kaniel: His research is on understanding mutual funds investment decisions and how they impact security prices, endogenous community effects on investors’ investment decisions and equilibrium prices, and the predictive role of changes in trading volume and investors’ order flow on security returns.
  • Yukun Liu: Areas of interst include, asset pricing, financial economics, labor economics, macroeconomics
  • John B. Long Jr.: His interests include portfolio theory, asset-pricing theory, financial aspects of business cycles, and applied price theory.
  • Derek Mohr: Research interests include fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, along with corporate finance, investments and business law.
  • Alan Moreira: His interests include financial intermediation, asset pricing and monetary policy.
  • Robert Novy-Marx: His research focuses primarily on asset pricing, both theoretical and empirical, though he also works in industrial organization, public finance, and real estate.
  • Christian Opp: Areas of interest include analyzing financial institutions’ and markets’ impact on allocations, with a particular focus on the role of informational frictions.
  • G. William Schwert: His interests include portfolio and capital-market theory, econometrics, and time-series analysis and the effects of public regulation on business.
  • Clifford W. Smith Jr.: His interests include option pricing, corporate financial policy, and financial intermediation.
  • Giulio Trigilia: His research interests are (primary) Information and financial economics; applied theory; and (secondary) long run history of financial markets and (especially) securities
  • Jerold B. Warner: His interests include portfolio theory, capital markets, and corporate finance.
  • Pavel Zryumov: His teaching interests include corporate finance, fixed income securities and venture capital finance. His research interests include corporate finance, asymmetric information in financial markets and contract theory.

Recent Research in Finance

How Can Timing Optimize Employee Effort?

Dmitry Orlov

What is the optimal way for supervisors to design performance evaluations and incentive pay? A paper by Simon professor Dmitry Orlov shows that partial transparency about employee performance is the way to go. “Well-managed firms are neither fully transparent nor fully opaque with their employees,” Orlov writes in “Optimal Design of Internal Disclosure.” Giving feedback to employees can improve productivity, Orlov says. However, the greater the feedback, the higher the cost of compensation over time.

Media Mentions Boost Mutual Funds

Ron Kaniel

It pays to be a mutual fund mentioned in Category Kings, the prominent Wall Street Journal feature. The Journal’s quarterly rankings give a surprisingly heavy boost to mutual funds that make it into the Top 10, according to research by Simon professor Ron Kaniel and co-author Robert Parham, a current PhD student. They found that the quarterly capital flows of Top 10 funds grew an average of 31 percent more than those of funds just missing the list.

Measuring a Prolific Career

G. William Schwert

The remarkable career of Eugene Fama gets a by-the-numbers look in a new paper co-authored by Simon professor G. William Schwert.

Investment Unfazed by Interest Rates

Jerold Warner

How is corporate investment affected when changes in profits, stock returns, market uncertainty, and interest rates come into play?

Looking at Liquidity Before Litigation

Frank Torchio and Sunita Surana

A new paper by Simon adjunct lecturer Frank Torchio ’82S (MBA) and colleague Sunita Surana provides new insight into the proper way to perform a discounted cash flow valuation for fair-value assessments.


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