Mahsa Kaviani

Mahsa Kaviani is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Kaviani’s research interests include empirical corporate finance, political economy of finance, and governance. Her papers have been published in various leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Finance and presented at prestigious finance conferences such as the annual meetings of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), American Finance Association (AFA), and Stigler Center’s Political Economy of Finance. Website: http://www.mkaviani.com

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