Brad M. Barber
Faculty Profile

Brad M. Barber
Professor of Finance

Research Expertise: Behavioral finance, asset pricing, gender, and private equity.

Courses Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

Fast Facts

  • One of the 50 most cited financial economists in the world.
  • 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.”

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.

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 has experience consulting litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust and lost profits cases.

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 has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.

He has published groundbreaking research in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance , the Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Sociological Review, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Financial Analysts Journal.

Barber’s research has twice been honored with UC Berkeley’s prestigious Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing.

Barber received a Ph.D. in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago as well as a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He teaches core finance classes in the UC Davis MBA program and personal finance to UC Davis undergraduates. He is a regular speaker at international academic and industry conferences.

You can learn more about Professor Barber at www.bradmbarber.com.

Award

Brad M. Barber Awards

  • Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing, University of California, Berkeley Center for Responsible Business. 2016
  • Top 50 (Finance) Authors Ranked by Total Citations, “The Relative Significance of Finance Journals, Authors and Articles: An Update,” a study by M. Alderson, A. Saporoschenko and A. Nasseh, Advances in Financial Education, 2009.
  • Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Chair in Finance, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2008.
  • Best Conference Paper, European Finance Association, “All that Glitters: The Effect of Attention and News on the Buying Behavior of Individual and Institutional Investors,” (with T. Odean), 2005.
  • Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence, Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Profits: Investment Club Performance.” Financial Analyst Journal, (with T. Odean), 2000.
  • Fama-DFA Prize for Best Paper, Journal of Financial Economics, “Detecting Long-Run Abnormal Stock Returns: The Empirical Power and Specification of Test Statistics,” (with J. Lyon), 1997.
  • All-star Paper, Journal of Financial Economics, “Detecting Abnormal Operating Performance,” (with J. Lyon), 1996.
  • Teacher of the Year, UC Davis Graduate School of Management; 2004-05, 1998-99, 1996-99, 1991-92.
  • Outstanding 2nd Year Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago, 1987.