Rajkamal Vasu

Ph.D. Candidate

Finance Department

Ph.D., Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (2018 Expected)
M.S., Finance, Northwestern University, 2015
MBA, Finance, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, 2004
B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2001


Rajkamal Vasu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Finance at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research applies mechanism design and contract theory to problems in corporate finance. In his job market paper, he develops a theory of whether to sell a firm through an auction or through negotiations and explores the factors that inform this choice. In the companion paper, he describes the features of the optimal contract between an M&A advisory firm and the buyer or seller. In his empirical studies about mergers, he examines what causes firms to merge and how to value innovative targets. His other research interests include the evolution of financial contracts and markets through history. Vasu holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

Research Interests:

Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mechanism Design, Contract Theory, Financial History, Economics of Innovation

Curriculum Vitae

Job Market paper: “Auctions or Negotiations? A Theory of How Firms are Sold”

Working Papers:

“Optimal M&A Advisory Contracts”

“Product Market Relatedness, Antitrust and Merger Decisions”, with Kirti Sinha

“The Transition to Locked-In Capital in the First Corporations: Venture Capital Financing in Early Modern Europe”

“Valuation of Private, Innovative Targets”, with Chandra Sekhar Mangipudi and Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian

Work In Progress:

“Innovation and Competition in the Presence of Ambiguity-Averse Financiers”


Michael Fishman (Chair)
Konstantin Milbradt
Mitchell Petersen
Ben Iverson

Contact Information

Finance Department
Kellogg School of Management
2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone: 847-491-3562