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Michael R. Roberts is the William H. Lawrence Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Roberts earned his BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in Statistics and PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Roberts’ research spans corporate finance, banking, and asset pricing. His research has investigated the determination of corporate capital structure and payout policy, and their impact on corporate investment and equity returns. He has also studied the pricing, design, and renegotiation of debt instruments. More recently, Professor Roberts has investigated the performance of collateralized loan obligations and their implications for risk to the financial system.

His research has received several awards including two Brattle Prize Awards for Distinguished Paper published in the Journal of Finance, a Jensen Prize for Best Paper in Corporate Finance and Organizations published in the Journal of Financial Economics, and best paper awards at the Financial Management Association’s and Southwestern Finance Association’s annual meetings. In 2012, he was honored as a Rising Star in Finance by Fordham University. Professor Roberts was the co-editor of the Journal of Finance and serves on numerous editorial boards.

In addition to his research, Professor Roberts has won multiple teaching awards instructing undergraduates, MBAs, PhDs, and executives. In addition to his experience at the Wharton School, he has taught at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the University of California at Berkeley.