Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Bo Becker is an assistant professor in the Finance Unit and has taught in the MBA curriculum and in executive programs. He currently teaches creating value through corporate restructuring in the second year of the MBA program. His research, which has been published in The Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics and other journals examines corporate credit markets and corporate ownership structure. His recent work on credit markets has concerned institutions such as credit ratings and bankruptcy law. His work on ownership concerns the determinants of payout policy and the role of large owners. Professor Becker is a Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Corporate Finance program.
Professor Becker received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has taught at the University of Illinois. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he worked as a consultant and as an advisor to the prime minister of Sweden.
Bo Becker: Won the 2011 Nordea Prize from the European Finance Association for the Best Paper on Corporate Finance for his paper with Victoria Ivashina, “Cyclicality of Credit Supply: Firm Level Evidence” (Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 10–107, June 2010. (Revised August 2011.)