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Brad M. Barber
Associate Dean / Professor of Finance

Course Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

Research Expertise: Finance, investments and financial markets, corporate financial policy, market for corporate control, analyst recommendations, investor behavior

Consulting: Litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust, lost profits cases


  • Ph.D., Finance, University of Chicago
  • MBA, University of Chicago
  • B.S., Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana

Fast Facts

  • Internationally renowned investor behavior and finance expert whose work offers fresh insights on mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, reliability of stock analysts’ recommendations, and how active trading of equities is “hazardous to your wealth.”
  • Helps students prepare for global business leadership with opportunities like the center’s fellowships at CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds.

Professor Brad Barber is an internationally recognized authority on investor psychology, stock analyst recommendations, online trading and mutual fund performance. His research includes the effect of expenses on money flowing into mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, the impact of coordinated trading by individual investors, and how active equity trading is hazardous to individual investor wealth.

He is often quoted and his research has been covered extensively in the media, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.

Barber is one of the top 50 finance scholars in the world ranked by total citations. He has published groundbreaking research in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Sociological Review, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Financial Analyst Journal.

Barber teaches courses in investment analysis and corporate financial policy. He is a regular speaker at international academic and industry conferences.