Faculty & Research

José María Liberti

Visiting Professor of Finance

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Chicago, IL 60637

José María Liberti is visiting from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University where he is an Associate Professor of Finance. Additionally, Liberti holds the position of Associate Professor of Finance at Tilburg University (Netherhlands). He is also a research fellow of the European Banking Center (EBC). Liberti was previously appointed Assistant Professor of Finance at London Business School, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has also taught at IAE Aix-en-Provence Graduate School of Management and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Liberti has also served as an economic consultant at the Argentinean Ministry of Economics, Work and Public Services. Before continuing with his graduate studies, he worked at Citibank N.A. as a Corporate Financial Advisor and in the Risk Management and Corporate Strategy Divisions.

Liberti’s research lies in the boundaries of corporate finance, financial intermediation and organizational economics. Part of his attention has been drawn to understand how incentives, allocation of authority and types of information are used in the actual decision-making process of individuals. Recent work has examined the role rotation among agents as a mechanism to alleviate moral hazard in communication and how sharing on public information may impact coordination problems among borrowers. His work has been published at The Journal of Finance and The Review of Financial Studies.

Liberti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received a bachelor's and master's degree in economics from the Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA), in Buenos Aires. He moved to the United States in 1998 and earned both a Masters and a PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago. An award-winning teacher at Kellogg School of Management and DePaul University he teaches advance elective courses on Problems In Corporate Financial Policy, Mergers & Acquisitions, LBOs and Corporate Restructuring. At Booth he teaches Cases in Financial Management.


2016 - 2017 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
35216 Valuation and Corporate Governance around the World 2017 (Spring)

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Research Activities

Corporate Finance, Financial Intermediation and Organizational Economics.

“Estimating the Effect of Hierarchies on Information Use,” with Atif Mian, Review of Financial Studies, Volume 22, Number 10, (October 2009).

“Collateral Spread and Financial Development,” with Atif Mian, The Journal of Finance, Volume 65, Issue 1, Brattle Award: Distinguished Paper (February 2010).

“Information and Incentives Inside the Firm: Evidence from Loan Officer Rotation,” with Andrew Hertzberg and Daniel Paravisini, The Journal of Finance, Volume 65, Issue 3, Brattle Award: First Prize (June 2010).

“Public Information and Coordination: Evidence From a Credit Registry Expansion,” with Andrew Hertzberg and Daniel Paravisini, The Journal of Finance, Volume 66, Issue 2, Brattle Award: Distinguished Paper (April 2011).

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