Steven Kaplan

Steven Neil Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. He has testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee about his research. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics. Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country. Professor Kaplan has been a member of the Chicago Booth faculty since 1988 and co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth.

The Enduring Wisdom of Milton Friedman

Steven Kaplan: Shareholder value maximization has been extremely successful globally in the way that matters most because, in many cases, maximizing shareholder...

The SEC Proposal on Proxy Advisory Firms Will Provide Greater Transparency and Accountability

Proxy advisory firms lack transparency and their recommendations are not always in shareholders' interests. However, despite their poor performance, the two biggest firms' market...

(God Knows) Wall Street Isn’t Perfect, But It Has Helped Make the World A Lot Better Off

If the criticisms against Wall Street had been accurate, the U.S. corporate sector today would be ailing. Instead, corporate profits are at historical highs...

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Capitalisn’t Is Back: Can Economists and Journalists Work Together to Improve Capitalism?

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Missing in Today’s Shareholder Value Maximization Credo: The Shareholders

Luca Enriques: Today’s corporate world is very different from the one Milton Friedman wrote in. In a world where the question of...

Australia’s News Media and Digital Platforms Bargaining Code is Great Politics But Questionable Economics

If the Australian government wants to subsidize high-quality journalism then it should, well, subsidize high-quality journalism. The new proposed ACCC code would...

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