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Mara Faccio

Mara Faccio

Tom and Patty Hefner Chair in Finance
Professor of Management


Ph.D., Finance; Universita' Cattolica, 1999
MPhil in Accounting and Finance; City University Business School, London, 1997
Master's in accounting and finance; Universita' di Pavia, 1995
Bachelor in Economics; Universita' di Pavia, 1994


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, Management Science, and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

Faccio is ranked as the #1 female scientist in academic finance by Renée Adams and Jing Xu (2022). 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 in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (both in 2015 and in 2018). Her work has also been nominated for the Brattle Prize (Journal of Finance). 

Mara Faccio served on the board of directors of the American Finance Association and currently holds the position of Immediate Past VP at Financial Management Association International (FMA). She was recently elected as President-Elect of FMA, a role she will assume following the October 2023 FMA meetings. 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 at 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, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of International Business Studies, Financial Management, 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.

  • Business groups and employment

    Professor Mara Faccio discusses her research on business groups and employment

  • price of phone plans across countries

    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.

  • Mara Faccio

    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.

    Full story: Krannert professor ranks first in finance research citations

  • 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.

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Area(s) of Expertise

International Finance, Corporate Finance, Taxes, Corporate Political Connections, Business Ethics/Corruption