Mitchell Petersen is the Glen Vasel Professor of Finance. He has published widely in finance and economics. Professor Petersen's research is in the area of empirical corporate finance: the questions of how firms evaluate potential investment projects and how they fund such projects. His recent writing focuses on how the cost of information, technology, competition, and taxes affect how firms raise capital and fund their projects. He was awarded the Smith-Breeden Prize for Outstanding Paper in the Journal of Finance in 1995 (for his paper "The Benefits of Lending Relationships: Evidence from Small Business Data") and the Michael Brennan Award for Best Paper in the Review of Financial Studies in 1998 (for his paper "Trade Credit: Theories and Evidence") and 2013 (for his paper "Investment and Capital Constraints: Repatriations Under the American Jobs Creation Act"). He was runner-up for the Brennan Award in 2008 (for his paper "Does the Source of Capital Affect Capital Structure") and 2010 (for his paper "Estimating Standard Errors in Finance Panel Data Sets: Comparing Approaches").
He has been a member of the editorial board of various journals, including the Journal of Finance, Financial Management, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Intermediation. He is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), serves on the board of the American Finance Associations, and was a member of the Moody's Academic Advisory and Research Committee.
Professor Petersen was awarded the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 and was voted the Kellogg Professor of the Year in 2000, the Executive MBA Outstanding Professor in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 and Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Empirical corporate finance including how firms large and small are financed, how financial frictions (including taxes and changes in technology) affect firm's financing, risk management, and investments.
Corporate finance (valuation, capital structure, and dividend policy), tax strategy, and real options
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