Menu

Finance

Finance covers a broad range of topics including corporate investments and financing decisions, security valuation, portfolio management, and the behavior of asset prices and investors. In addition to providing students with wide base of knowledge, Finance at Merage helps students develop new skills to unlock the potential of finance in the digital world. To support this broad objective, the members of the finance faculty are renowned for their expertise in investments, money management, behavioral finance, risk management and financial economic theory.

The Finance faculty is committed to excellence in teaching. The Finance Area offers courses in the undergraduate, MBA, Master of Finance (MFin) and PhD programs. These courses offer broad exposure to finance theory and reflect latest market practices and research findings. The School’s Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration includes basic courses in financial management and investments as well as elective courses. The Merage School’s MBA programs include the core course in financial management, which reflects the School’s digitally-driven focus, as well as elective courses. The School also offers the Master of Finance (MFin) degree that comprises a wide range of graduate finance courses. The PhD program offers an advanced, research oriented degree in financial economics and prepares students for successful academic careers.

The Merage School Finance Area frequently hosts Finance Colloquia.

Faculty

Nai-fu Chen

Nai-fu Chen
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Stability of currency and banking systems, Macroeconomic impact on investing, GDP growth, inflation, interest rates, credit risk and the financial market, Hedge funds: asset allocations and portfolio management

David Hirshleifer

David Hirshleifer
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Psychology, Social interactions, and Markets, Investments, Corporate finance, Risk management

Chong Huang

Chong Huang
Associate Professor

Michael Imerman

Michael Imerman
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Research Interests: Credit Risk, Banking, FinTech, Financial Data Science

 

Philippe Jorion

Philippe Jorion
Dean's Professor
Research Interests: Empirical research in investments, Managing financial risks, Global portfolio investments, Derivatives markets

Byungwook Kim

Byungwook Kim
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Asset pricing, Investor behavior and asset management (ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds).

 

Todd Richey

Todd Richey
Continuing Lecturer
Research Interests: Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Leveraged Buyouts, Private Equity, Corporate Restructurings, Debt/Equity Securities

Christopher Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz
Professor
Research Interests: Hedge Funds, Mutual Funds, Investments, Regulation and Money Management

Jinfei Sheng

Jinfei Sheng
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Empirical Asset Pricing, FinTech, Labor Finance, Financial Intermediation

Zheng Sun

Zheng Sun
Professor
Research Interests: Empirical Asset Pricing, Investments, Market Microstructure, Banking

Yuhai Xuan

Yuhai Xuan
Dean's Professor and Associate Dean of Masters Programs
Research Interests: Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Behavioral Finance

Lu Zheng

Lu Zheng
Professor

 

Coursework

Undergraduate business classes may be found through the UCI course catalogue.