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Daniels School Faculty

Mara Faccio

Mara Faccio

Tom and Patty Hefner Chair in Finance
Professor of Management

Education

Ph.D. (Dottorato), Finance; Universita' Cattolica, 1999
M.Phil. in Accounting and Finance; City University Business School, London, 1997
Master's in Accounting and Finance; Universita' di Pavia, 1995
Bachelor in Economics (Laurea); Universita' di Pavia, 1994

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Mara Faccio's primary research interests are in international finance and corporate finance. Her research has appeared in various leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, and Management Science.

Her research has received numerous awards, including the All-Star Paper Award (Journal of Financial Economics), the Best Paper Runner-Up for the BlackRock/Brennan Award (Review of Financial Studies), and the Sharpe Award for Best Paper (Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis). Her work has also been nominated for the Brattle Prize (Journal of Finance). Faccio is ranked as the #1 female scientist in academic finance by Renée Adams and Jing Xu (2022).

Mara Faccio currently holds the position of President-Elect of Financial Management Association International (FMA). She previously served on the board of directors of the American Finance Association. Professor Faccio is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the International Corporate Governance Society, and a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute. 

She serves as an Advisory Editor for the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and previously held the position of Managing Editor from 2020 to 2023. She serves or has served as an associate editor (or equivalent) for the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of International Business Studies, Financial Management, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, and other major journals. She currently holds the Tom and Patty Hefner Chair in Finance & Professor of Management (Finance) at Purdue University, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. Prior to joining Purdue in 2007, Faccio was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, at the University of Notre Dame, and at Università Cattolica (Milan). Faccio earned a Ph.D. in finance from Universita' Cattolica (Milan), an MPhil from City University Business School (London), and both a master's degree and a bachelor's degree from Universita' di Pavia. Outside of academia, Faccio enjoys golfing and is a passionate soccer fan.

Journal Articles

  • Faccio, M., & L. Zingales (2022). "Political determinants of competition in the mobile telecommunication industry." Review of Financial Studies vol. 35 (4), 1983-2018. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & W. J. O'Brien (2021). "Business groups and employment." Management Science vol. 67 (6), 3468-3491. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., R. Morck, & M. D. Yavuz (2021). "Business groups and the incorporation of firm-specific shocks into stock prices." Journal of Financial Economics vol. 139 (3), 852-871. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & J. J. McConnell (2020). "Death by Pokémon GO: The economic and human cost of using apps while driving." Journal of Risk and Insurance vol. 87 (3), 815-849. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & J. Xu (2018). "Taxes, capital structure choices, and equity value." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis vol. 53 (5), 967-995. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & H. C. Hsu (2017). "Politically connected private equity and employment." Journal of Finance vol. 72 (2), 539-573. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., M. Marchica, & R. Mura (2016). "CEO gender, corporate risk-taking, and the efficiency of capital allocation." Journal of Corporate Finance vol. 39, 193-209. | Related Website |
  • Aggarwal, R., M. Faccio, O. Guedhami, & C. Y. Kwok (2016). "Culture and finance: An introduction." Journal of Corporate Finance vol. 41, 466-474. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M. (2016). "Discussion of ‘Corporate political connections and tax aggressiveness’." Contemporary Accounting Research vol. 33 (1), 115-120. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & J. Xu (2015). "Taxes and capital structure." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis vol. 50 (3), 277-300. | Related Website |
  • Caprio, L., Faccio, M., & J. J. McConnell (2013). "Sheltering corporate assets from political extraction." The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization vol. 29 (2), 332-354. | Related Website |
  • Sengupta, R., & M. Faccio (2011). "Corporate response to distress: Evidence from the Asian financial crisis." Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review vol. 93 (2), 127-154. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., M. Marchica, & R. Mura (2011). "Large shareholder diversification and corporate risk-taking." Review of Financial Studies vol. 24 (11), 3601-3641. | Related Website |
  • Chaney, P. K., M. Faccio, & D. C. Parsley (2011). "The quality of accounting information in politically connected firms." Journal of Accounting and Economics vol. 51 (1), 58-76. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M. (2010). "Differences between politically connected and non-connected firms: A cross country analysis." Financial Management vol. 39 (3), 905-927. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., L. H. P. Lang, & L. Young (2010). "Pyramiding versus leverage in corporate groups: International evidence." Journal of International Business Studies vol. 41 (1), 88-104. | Related Website |
  • Bortolotti, B., & M. Faccio (2009). "Government control of privatized firms." Review of Financial Studies vol. 22 (8), 2907-2939. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & D. C. Parsley (2009). "Sudden deaths: Taking stock of geographic ties." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis vol. 33 (3), 683-718. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & D. Stolin (2006). "Expropriation vs. proportional sharing in corporate acquisitions." Journal of Business vol. 79 (3), 1413-1444. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., R. W. Masulis, & J. J. McConnell (2006). "Political connections and corporate bailouts." Journal of Finance vol. 61 (6), 2597-2635. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M. (2006). "Politically connected firms." American Economic Review vol. 96 (1), 369-386. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., J. J. McConnell, & D. Stolin (2006). "Returns to acquirers of listed and unlisted targets." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis vol. 41 (1), 197-220. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & R. W. Masulis (2005). "The choice of payment method in European mergers and acquisitions." Journal of Finance vol. 60 (3), 1345-1388. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & L. H. P. Lang (2002). "The ultimate ownership of western European corporations." Journal of Financial Economics vol. 65 (3), 365-395. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., L. H. P. Lang, & L. Young (2001). "Dividends and expropriation." American Economic Review vol. 91 (1), 54-78. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & M. A. Lasfer (2000). "Do occupational pension funds monitor companies in which they hold large stakes?" Journal of Corporate Finance vol. 6 (1), 71-110. | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & M. A. Lasfer (2000). "Pension fund investments and corporate monitoring." Professional Investor vol. 10 (2), 23-26.

Book Chapters

  • Faccio, M., & M. A. Lasfer (2002). "Institutional shareholders and corporate governance: The case of UK pension funds." Oxford University Press 603-622.
  • Emery, L., & M. Faccio (2023). "Exposing the revolving door in executive branch agencies." | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & J. J. McConnell (2023). "Impediments to the Schumpeterian process in the replacement of large firms." | Related Website |
  • Faccio, M., & J. J. McConnell (2023). "Political connections cause resource misallocation: Evidence from the fall of fascism in Italy." | Related Website |
  • Business groups and employment

    Professor Mara Faccio discusses her research on business groups and employment

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    Mara Faccio, Purdue's Hanna Chair in Entrepreneurship, discusses price differences of cell phone plans across countries.

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    Risky Business

    Addressing the gender gap in corporate leadership, research coauthored by Krannert finance professor Mara Faccio breaks new ground by using data from European-based companies that finds female CEOs tend to make less risky choices than their male counterparts.

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  • Taxes and capital structure choices

    Taxes and capital structure choices

  • Politics & Profit

    Prof Mara Faccio discusses her work on the connection between politics and money.

  • Thought Leadership: Daniels School faculty expertise sought by peers

    For decades, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business has produced some of the top thought leaders in management education.

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  • Mara Faccio
    Daniels School finance professor named president-elect of FMA
    Mara Faccio has been selected president-elect of the Financial Management Association International, whose membership includes finance practitioners, academics and students who are interested in the techniques and advances which define the field of finance.
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    Krannert professor ranks first in finance research citations
    A recent paper from researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Technology Sydney has ranked Krannert professor Mara Faccio, Duke Realty Chair in Finance, as the No. 1 cited female scientist in academic finance.
  • Krannert prof Mara Faccio wins her second Sharpe Award
    Mara Faccio, the Duke Realty Chair in Finance in the Krannert School of Management, recently won the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Financial Research for the best papers published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis in 2018. The title of the paper is “Taxes, Capital Structure Choices, and Equity Value.” Faccio and co-author of Jin Xu, a former Krannert faculty member, also won the Sharpe Award in 2015 for a paper titled, “Taxes and Capital Structure.” The Sharpe Award recognizes researchers who, through their articles published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, have most contributed to the understanding of important areas of financial economics.
  • Unlimited data draining your wallet? Your plan costs more in U.S. than those in most developed countries
    Have you ever felt a jolt of panic when eyeing your cellphone bill? If you live in the United States, you’re not alone, according to a recent report by Finnish research firm Rewheel, which found Americans pay more for wireless data than consumers in most other developed countries. The report adds to the growing body of evidence that U.S. wireless packages are excessively priced compared with similar services abroad, says Krannert professor Mara Faccio, who in 2017 completed a working paper with co-author Luigi Zingales analyzing mobile phone plans and telecommunication regulations in nearly 150 countries.
  • New York Times Opinion: How E.U.’s Google Fine Explains High Cellphone Costs in the U.S.
    According to Luigi Zingales, a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a co-host of the podcast Capitalisn’t, "In an industry like mobile phone services, in which the technology is the same and there are not obvious natural comparative advantages, Mara Faccio of Purdue University and I find that European prices are much lower than American ones."
  • Why Your Phone Service Is So Expensive
    The economists Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago and Mara Faccio of Purdue estimate that Americans pay $50 billion per year more than they would if they instead were paying European prices — for the same quality service. That translates into about an additional $30 per month for every American household.
  • The Pokémon Paradox: Krannert researchers examine costs and benefits of popular game
    When the augmented reality (AR) game Pokémon Go made its debut in 2016, it quickly became the most popular mobile game in U.S. history with more than 20 million active users daily. It’s now at the top of the menu in an industry that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenues. According to a pair of working papers from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, tech companies aren’t the only businesses getting a taste of the profits. But how does that balance with the economic costs of playing the game while driving, which include an increased number of vehicular accidents, injuries and even death?
  • Professor Mara Faccio elected to the board of the American Finance Association
    Krannert finance professor Mara Faccio, Purdue’s Hanna Chair in Entrepreneurship, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association (AFA), the premier academic organization devoted to the study and promotion of knowledge about financial economics.

2018 Innovator Hall of Fame, Purdue Research Foundation.

All Star Paper Award for “The ultimate ownership of western European corporations” (with L. H. P. Lang), Journal of Financial Economics.

Best Paper Runner-Up for the BlackRock/Brennan Award, Review of Financial Studies, 2012

Listed among the “Authors with the Most Citations to Their JFE Papers, 1974-2018”.

Nominated for the Brattle Prize, American Finance Association, 2007

Paper with L.H.P. Lang is ranked 23rd among the most cited papers published in the JFE through 2020 by G. William Schwert (2021, “The Remarkable Growth in Financial Economics, 1974-2020: Online Appendix,” https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3722314).

Ranked as the #1 female scientist in academic finance by Renée Adams and Jing Xu (2022) (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3998218).

Referee of the Year Award, Review of Corporate Finance Studies, 2016.

Winner of the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Financial Research - - Recognizing the best paper in the 2015 Volume of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Winner of the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Financial Research - - Recognizing the best paper in the 2018 Volume of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Financial Management Association International: Board of Directors as President-Elect (2023-present)

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis: Advisory Editor (2023-present)

Financial Management Association International: Board of Directors as Immediate Past VP-Program (2022-2023)

Financial Management Association International: Board of Directors as Vice President-Program (2021-2022)

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis: Managing Editor (2020-2023)

Financial Management Association International: Board of Directors as Vice President-Program Elect (2020-2021)

Journal of International Business Studies: Editorial Review Board Member (2019-2022)

Journal of Corporate Finance: Associate Editor (2018-2022)

American Finance Association: Board of Directors (2018-2021)

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis: Associate Editor (2018-2020)

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal: Associate Editor (2016-present)

Journal of Corporate Finance: Co-Editor, Special Issue on “Culture and Finance” (2016)

Financial Management: Associate Editor (2009-2014)

Review of Financial Studies: Associate Editor (2008-2011)

Contact

mfaccio@purdue.edu
Office: KRAN 448

Quick links

Personal website

Area(s) of Expertise

Business Valuation, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Family-Owned Business, Finance, Financial Economics, International Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Venture Capital