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Oliver Spalt appointed professor of Behavioral Finance

Tilburg University has appointed Dr. Oliver Spalt as professor of Behavioral Finance at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, effective July 1, 2014. Spalt applies knowledge and theories from the field of psychology to study how people make financial decisions. His chair is based at the Finance Department.

Oliver Spalt will focus on research and teaching in Behavioral Finance, a field in which psychological insights are used to explain the behavior of individuals, institutions, and corporations on the financial markets. He studies the effect of irrational behavior on asset pricing and risks in the financial markets.

As part of his research, Spalt will explore management compensation, risky mergers and takeovers, and bad investment decisions. He has published in prestigious journals like the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.

Oliver Spalt (1979) studied business studies at Mannheim University, where he earned a summa cum laude PhD in Finance in 2008. Before coming to Tilburg in 2009, Spalt was a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received many awards for his research and teaching, including the Larry Lang Best Corporate Finance Paper Award in 2012 and seven Excellent Teacher Awards. Earlier this year, Spalt was chosen by colleagues to represent the Netherlands as a promising young financial economist at the 4Nations Cup.

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