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Utah’s Finance Experts Rank 20th in World

November 18, 2008 — The finance department in the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business has been ranked No. 20 in the world for its faculty research from 2003 through 2007.

The Finance Management Association and Arizona State University annually evaluate finance departments in colleges and universities worldwide according to the number of articles published in the field’s premier academic journals.

“We have some of the world’s leading finance professors, whose work helps business and government leaders make informed decisions and assesses the impact of those decisions in our complex economic environment,” said Jack Brittain, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “Importantly, world-class faculty insure our students receive a timely and thorough grounding in business.”

For the last five years, the David Eccles finance faculty has consistently maintained its position in the top 20 along with universities such as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Chicago and Pennsylvania.

The faculty is internationally known for its work in corporate finance and governance, ethics, international finance and emerging markets, energy markets, labor markets, economics of trading, dividend policy, predictability of equity returns and bankruptcy, market transparency and collusion. They study topics such as the impact of CEO compensation, market collapse, regulation, stock options for lower-level employees and independent boards of directors.

With emphasis on interdisciplinary education and experiential learning, the David Eccles School of Business has programs in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and venture capital management. It has the country’s largest student-run venture capital fund with $18.3 million, and the Association of University Technology Officers ranks the school second in the country (following MIT) in taking university-generated technology to market.

Since its establishment in 1917, the David Eccles School of Business has continued to lead in business education. Some 3,500 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and executive degree programs as well as joint MBA programs in architecture, law and health administration. Ranked by The Wall Street Journal among the world’s top 100 business schools, it is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Top 20 Finance Departments: 2003-2007
University or College

 1. New York University (NYU)
 2. Harvard University
 3. Chicago, University of
 4. Pennsylvania, U. of (Wharton)
 5. California, University of – Los Angeles (UCLA)
 6. Duke University
 7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
 8. London Business School
 9. Texas, University of – Austin
10. North Carolina, University of – Chapel Hill
11. Stanford University
12. Michigan, University of – Ann Arbor
13. Ohio State University – Columbus
14. Emory University
15. Columbia University – NY
16. Maryland, University of – College Park
17. Illinois, University of – Urbana/Champaign
18. Northwestern University
19. Cornell University
20. Utah, University of

Published by the Finance Management Association and
the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

This study ranks institutions by the number of annual articles published in the top four finance journals: Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies.