David J. Mastrocola Faculty Fellow
Ran Duchin is Professor of Finance at the Carroll School of Management in Boston College. Before joining BC, he served on the faculty of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, which he joined after completing his doctorate at the University of Southern California.
Ran’s primary research focus is on corporate finance, corporate governance, and political economy. His work studies a wide range of investment decisions, including internal capital allocation, acquisitions, and government bailouts. In his work, he investigates various mechanisms and frictions that shape investment policies (and, more broadly, corporate decision-making), ranging from political economy and financial regulation to agency conflicts and human behavior.
Ran’s work has been published in the top finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. Several of his papers received best paper awards from leading academic conferences and were selected by journal editors as lead articles. According to Google Scholar, his papers received more than 5,000 citations and were cited in top journals of other disciplines, including Accounting, Management, Strategy, and Business Law. Ran’s work has also attracted attention from many popular national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
Ran’s research and teaching have been recognized by awards such as the Teva Award in the name of Dan Suesskind for research in corporate finance and financial markets (2010), Dean’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Research (2017), Faculty PhD Mentor Award (2014, 2017), Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2018), and Evening MBA Professor of the year (2020).
“Political Influence and the Renegotiation of Government Contracts” (with Jon Brogaard and Matt Denes), Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming
“The Origins and Real Effects of the Gender Gap: Evidence from CEOs’ Formative Years” (with Mike Simutin and Denis Sosyura), Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming
“The Timing and Consequences of Seasoned Equity Offerings: A Regression Discontinuity Approach” (with Amy Dittmar and Shuran Zhang), Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming
“The Role of Government in Firm Outcomes” (with Zhenyu Gao and Haibing Shu), Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming
“Spillovers inside Conglomerates: Incentives and Capital” (with Amir Goldberg and Denis Sosyura), Review of Financial Studies 30(5), 1696-1743 (2017)
“Precautionary Savings with Risky Assets: When Cash Is Not Cash” (with Thomas Gilbert, Jarrad Harford, and Chris Hrdlicka), Journal of Finance 72(2), 793-852 (2017)
“Clouded Judgment: The Role of Sentiment in Credit Origination” (with Kristle Cortés and Denis Sosyura), Journal of Financial Economics 121(2), 392-413 (2016)
“Looking in the Rear View Mirror: The Effect of Managers’ Professional Experience on Corporate Financial Policy” (with Amy Dittmar), Review of Financial Studies 29(3), 565-602 (2016)
“Peer Effects in Risk Aversion and Trust” (with Kenneth Ahern and Tyler Shumway), Review of Financial Studies 27(11), 3213-3240 (2014)
“Safer Ratios, Riskier Portfolios: Banks’ Response to Government Aid” (with Denis Sosyura) Journal of Financial Economics 113, 1-28 (2014), Lead Article
“Cash Flow Hedging and Liquidity Choices” (with David Disatnik and Breno Schmidt), Review of Finance 18(2), 715-748 (2014)
“Riding the Merger Wave: Uncertainty, Reduced Monitoring, and Bad Acquisitions” (with Breno Schmidt), Journal of Financial Economics 107, 69-88 (2013)
“Divisional Managers and Internal Capital Markets” (with Denis Sosyura), Journal of Finance 68, 387-429 (2013), Lead Article
"The Politics of Government Investment" (with Denis Sosyura), Journal of Financial Economics 106, 24-48 (2012)
"Cash Holdings and Corporate Diversification", Journal of Finance 65, 955-992 (2010)
“When Are Outside Directors Effective?” (with John G. Matsusaka and Oguzhan Ozbas), Journal of Financial Economics 96, 195-214 (2010)
“Costly External Finance, Corporate Investment, and the Subprime Mortgage Credit Crisis” (with Oguzhan Ozbas and Berk Sensoy), Journal of Financial Economics 97, 418-435 (2010)
“Disagreement, Portfolio Optimization and Excess Volatility” (with Moshe Levy), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 45, 623-640 (2010)
Associate Editor, Review of Financial Studies
Associate Editor, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis