Amit Seru

at Booth School of Business

The Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Biography

Booth School of Business

Research Interests

  • Financial Intermediation and Regulation
  • Resource Allocation and Internal Organization of Firms
  • Performance Evaluations and Incentives

Bio

Amit Seru is the Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He was formerly a faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Professor Seru’s primary research interest is in corporate finance. He is interested in issues related to financial intermediation and regulation, interaction of internal organization of firms with financing and investment, and incentive provision in firms. His papers in these areas have been published in several journals, including, the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Finance and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He was previously Editor of Review of Corporate Finance Studies and a Department Editor (Finance) of Management Science. His research has been featured in major media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Economist.

Seru earned a B.E. in electronics and communication and an MBA from the University of Delhi. Subsequently, he received a PhD in finance from the University of Michigan before. He was a senior consultant at Accenture before pursuing his Ph.D. Seru was the recipient of a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan and received a Lt. Governor’s gold medal for overall academic excellence at the University of Delhi.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Finance, University of Michigan, 2007
  • MBA, University of Delhi, 1998
  • B. E (Electronics & Communication), University of Delhi, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Finance, Stanford GSB, 2016-present
  • Denis and Karen Chookaszian Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2015-2016
  • Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2013-2014
  • Associate Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2007-2010

Awards and Honors

  • R. Michael and Mary Shanahan Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2018-2019
  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 2018
  • National Science Foundation Award, 2016
  • Rising Star in Finance Award, 2016
  • Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago GSB, 2016
  • Journal of Financial Economics Paper Prize in Corporate Finance (First Prize), 2015
  • Emory Williams Annual (School wide) Teaching Award, 2015
  • IMF Generation Next Award, 2014
  • AER Excellence in Refereeing, 2014
  • QJE Excellence in Refereeing, 2014
  • AQR Insight Award, 2014
  • Crowell Memorial Prize, Panagora Asset Management, 2014
  • Finalist, MacArthur Foundation Grant, 2014
  • Best paper, Red Rock Conference, 2012
  • Chookaszian Endowed Risk Management Prize, 2011
  • Best paper awards at European Finance Association, CAF Research Conference, NSIM Conference and Mistsui Research Conference, 2008
  • BSI Research Award, 2008

Teaching

Degree Courses

2019-20

FINANCE 207: Corporations, Finance, and Governance in the Global Economy

As entrepreneurs, global leaders, and change agents tasked with developing transformative solutions of tomorrow, you will need certain skills and tools to interact with and navigate the complex and ever-changing financial landscape. This course...

FINANCE 630: Empirical Corporate Finance

This course provides an introduction to empirical research in corporate finance, with an emphasis on the application of cross-sectional and panel data econometric techniques for causal inference. Topics include investment policy, entrepreneurship...

FINANCE 633: Advanced Empirical Corporate, Banking and Household Finance

This course discusses empirical aspects of major topics in corporate finance, household and consumer finance, housing, banking, financial regulation as well as political economy. The course is designed for students doing their PhD in finance,...

2018-19

FINANCE 207: Corporations, Finance, and Governance in the Global Economy

As entrepreneurs, global leaders, and change agents tasked with developing transformative solutions of tomorrow, you will need certain skills and tools to interact with and navigate the complex and ever-changing financial landscape. This course...

FINANCE 633: Advanced Empirical Corporate, Banking and Household Finance

This course discusses empirical aspects of major topics in corporate finance, household and consumer finance, housing, banking, financial regulation as well as political economy. The course is designed for students doing their PhD in finance,...

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Female brokers punished more harshly for misconduct than males

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Is Your Broker Good or Bad?

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Does Your Stockbroker Draw Complaints? Here’s How to Find Out

The New York Times, April 8, 2016

How to avoid the wrong financial adviser

Financial Times, March 30, 2016

Scottie Pippen was scammed by his adviser. Here’s how to learn from his experience

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Research Interests

  • Financial Intermediation and Regulation
  • Resource Allocation and Internal Organization of Firms
  • Performance Evaluations and Incentives

Bio

Amit Seru is the Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He was formerly a faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Professor Seru’s primary research interest is in corporate finance. He is interested in issues related to financial intermediation and regulation, interaction of internal organization of firms with financing and investment, and incentive provision in firms. His papers in these areas have been published in several journals, including, the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Finance and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He was previously Editor of Review of Corporate Finance Studies and a Department Editor (Finance) of Management Science. His research has been featured in major media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Economist.

Seru earned a B.E. in electronics and communication and an MBA from the University of Delhi. Subsequently, he received a PhD in finance from the University of Michigan before. He was a senior consultant at Accenture before pursuing his Ph.D. Seru was the recipient of a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan and received a Lt. Governor’s gold medal for overall academic excellence at the University of Delhi.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

FINANCE 207: Corporations, Finance, and Governance in the Global Economy

As entrepreneurs, global leaders, and change agents tasked with developing transformative solutions of tomorrow, you will need certain skills and tools to interact with and navigate the complex and ever-changing financial landscape. This course...

FINANCE 207A: Corporations, Finance, and Governance in the Global Economy

(Same as FINANCE 207) As entrepreneurs, global leaders, and change agents tasked with developing transformative solutions of tomorrow, you will need certain skills and tools to interact with and navigate the complex and ever-changing financial...

FINANCE 633: Advanced Empirical Corporate Finance

This class is devoted to recent developments in the empirical corporate finance literature. Topics include: financial contracting, liquidation and renegotiation, taxation and capital structure, the role of labor markets, leveraged buyouts,...

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FINANCE 214: Accelerated Corporate Finance: Applications, Techniques, and Models

The focus of this course is to apply the fundamental ideas and tools of corporate finance to real-world investment and financing decisions. This course is designed to be the second course in a standard finance sequence; that is, it is designed to...

In the Media

Should Trump Undo Investor Protections? Meet the Brokers of Madison County

The New York Times, November 18, 2017

Shadow Banking Is Getting Bigger Without Getting Better

Bloomberg View, March 28, 2017

A punishing double standard for women on Wall Street

CBS MoneyWatch, March 17, 2017

Women financial advisers at Wells Fargo 27% more likely to lose their job: study

CNN Money, March 16, 2017

Chart of the Day: Women in Finance Are Treated Really Badly

Mother Jones , March 14, 2017

Finance: ‘Fearless Girl’ here to stay?

Biz Journal - Biz Women, March 14, 2017

Women in finance work just as hard as men — and are more likely to get fired

The Washington Post, March 14, 2017

Women on Wall St. punished more severely than men for misdeeds

CNBC Personal Finance, March 14, 2017

Women on Wall Street punished more severely than men for misdeeds

Yahoo! Finance, March 14, 2017

Proof Wall Street Is Still a Boy's Club

Bloomberg, March 14, 2017

Wells Fargo 25% More Likely to Punish Women Employees than Men, Study Says

Fortune, March 13, 2017

Female brokers punished more harshly for misconduct than males

Financial Times, March 13, 2017

Research finds double standard for misbehaving female advisers

Investment News, March 13, 2017

Double Standard in Advisor Punishment

Barron's , March 13, 2017

Study: Women in Finance Are Punished More Severely – Especially When Their Boss Is a Man

Pro-Market, March 13, 2017

When It Comes to Wall Street, Preet Bharara Is No Hero

ProPublica, March 12, 2017

Is the NDA government's flagship initiative Jan Dhan Yojana bearing fruit on the ground?

Economic Times, March 9, 2017

Brokerages With Checkered Past to Face New Disclosure Focus, Finra CEO Says

The Wall Street Journal , May 9, 2016

Is Your Broker Good or Bad?

The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2016

Does Your Stockbroker Draw Complaints? Here’s How to Find Out

The New York Times, April 8, 2016

How to avoid the wrong financial adviser

Financial Times, March 30, 2016

Scottie Pippen was scammed by his adviser. Here’s how to learn from his experience

The Washington Post, March 23, 2016

You Deserve a Better Financial Adviser

Bloomberg Gadfly, March 8, 2016

America’s revolving door for financial advisers who do down their clients

The Economist, March 5, 2016

Ever check your financial advisor's history? You should

CBS Money Watch, March 3, 2016

This is how unethical financial advisers can get away with it

The Washington Post, March 2, 2016

Brokers Behaving Badly

Bloomberg View, March 2, 2016

It Just Got Even Harder to Trust Financial Advisers

Bloomberg, March 1, 2016

The Financial Adviser Scammers

Financial Times, March 1, 2016

Tracking Financial-Adviser Misconduct: A New Database

The Wall Street Journal , February 29, 2016

Insights by Stanford Business

Which Revolution Is More Historic: Industrial or Tech?

December 8, 2017

A new big data analysis spanning 200 years of patents shows that innovation bursts in the 1800s had greater social impact.

How Banks Undermined Federal Foreclosure Assistance

October 16, 2017

Obama’s 2009 mortgage-modification program would have helped 70% more homeowners if lenders had been better organized.

Shadow Banking: The Big Winner from the Financial Crisis

April 13, 2017

Nearly a decade after the junk-mortgage crash, tech-savvy and lightly regulated lenders are thriving.

When Harry Fired Sally: Punishment in the Financial Adviser Industry Has a Gender Bias

March 30, 2017

Male investment advisers commit misconduct at a much higher rate than women do, but women are more likely to get fired.

Is Tech Disruption Good for the Economy?

January 23, 2017

An analysis of 85 years’ worth of patents shows that technological innovation boosts total wealth.

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