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College of Business Adminstration at the University of Tennessee Dreamweaver Templates. College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee


The Ph.D. in finance is a four- to five-year program. The first two years of study are concentrated on coursework designed to provide the tools required for students to conduct impactful research. Following coursework, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination, present a second-year research paper and complete a dissertation.



Recent faculty publications with Ph.D. students (*Ph.D. student names appear in bold).

Lee Biggerstaff, David Cicero, and Andy Puckett, 2016, FORE! An analysis of CEO shirking, Management Science, forthcoming.

Lee Biggerstaff, David Cicero, and Andy Puckett, 2015, Suspect CEOs, Unethical Culture, and Corporate Misbehavior, Journal of Financial Economics 117, 98-121.

Dallin Alldredge and David Cicero, 2015, Attentive Insider Trading, Journal of Financial Economics 115, 84-101.

Larry Fauver and Michael B. McDonald, 2015, Culture, Agency Costs, and Governance: International Evidence on Capital Structure, Pacific Basin Finance Journal 34, 1-23.

Sarah Clinton, Joshua White, and Tracie Woidtke, 2014, Differences in the Information Environment Prior to SEOs under Relaxed Disclosure Regulation, Journal of Accounting and Economics 58, 59-78.

Harold Black, Robert Schweitzer, Joshua White, and Tracie Woidtke, 2014, Appointments of Academic Directors, Journal of Corporate Finance 28, 135-151.

Larry Fauver and Michael B. McDonald, 2014, International Variation in Sin Stocks and its Effects on Equity Valuation, Journal of Corporate Finance 25, 173-187.

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