Bo Becker is a professor in the Department of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics and currently the Head of the Department of Finance. His research is on corporate finance. Recent topics include corporate credit markets, bank lending, credit ratings and restructuring. His research has been published in top academic such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. Professor Becker has been awarded several prizes and grants, including the Standard Life Prize for best paper in the ECGI Finance WP series, the Nordea Price for Best Corporate Finance Paper at the European Finance Association’s annual meeting and the Lamfalussy Research Fellowship from the European Central Bank.
Professor Becker holds a masters degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He previously worked at the University of Illinois and at Harvard Business School. He has served on the board of directors of the Swedish National Debt Office and was previously a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is a department editor of the Review of Financial Studies.
Professor Becker is member of the European Systemic Risk Board’s (ESRB) Advisory Scientific Committee. He also takes part of the Swedish Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council.
Education: PhD University of Chicago
Bo Becker and Victoria Ivashina (2023). Disruption and Credit Markets, Journal of Finance, vol. 78, pp. 105 - 139
Dong Yan, Bo Becker, Murillo Campello, and Viktor Thell (2022). Credit Risk, Debt Overhang, and the Life Cycle of Callable Bonds, Review of Finance, Forthcoming
Marcus Opp, Bo Becker and Farzad Saidi (2022). Regulatory forbearance in the U.S. insurance industry: The effects of removing capital requirements for an asset class. Review of Financial Studies, vol. 35, pp. 5438-5482
Bo Becker, Marieke Bos and Kasper Roszbach (2020). Bad Times, Good Credit. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, vol. 52, pp. 107-142
Ramin Baghai and Bo Becker (2020). Reputations and credit ratings—evidence from commercial mortgage-backed securities. Journal of Financial Economics, vol. 135, pp. 425-444
Bo Becker and Victoria Ivashina (2017). Financial Repression in the European Sovereign Debt Crisis. Review of Finance, vol. 22, pp. 83-115
Ramin Baghai and Bo Becker (2017). Non-rating revenue and conflicts of interest. Journal of Financial Economics, vol. 127, pp. 94-112
Bo Becker and Jens Josephson (2016). Insolvency Resolution and the Missing High-Yield Bond Markets. Review of Financial Studies, vol. 29, pp. 2814-2849
Bo Becker and Victoria Ivashina (2015). Reaching for Yield in the Bond Market. Journal of Finance, vol. 70, pp. 1863-1902
Bo Becker, Torbjörn Becker, Marieke Bos, Peter Englund (Ed.) and Pehr Wissén (2015). Den Svenska Skulden - SNS Konjunkturrådsrapport 2015
Bo Becker and Victoria Ivashina (2014). Cyclicality of credit supply: Firm level evidence. Journal of Monetary Economics, vol. 62, pp. 76-93
Bo Becker, Marcus Jacob and Martin Jacob (2013). Payout taxes and the allocation of investments. Journal of Financial Economics. vol 107, pp. 1-24
Bo Becker, Dan Bergstresser and Guhan Subramanian (2013). Does Shareholder Proxy Access Improve Firm Value? Evidence from the Business Roundtable Challenge. Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 56, pp. 127-160
Bo Becker and Guhan Subramanian (2013). Improving Director Elections. Harvard Business Law Review, vol. 3, pp. 1-34
Bo Becker, Jinzhu Chen and David Greenberg (2013). Financial Development, Fixed Costs and International Trade.Review of Corporate Finance Studies
Bo Becker and Per Strömberg (2012). Fiduciary duties and equity-debtholder conflicts. Review of Financial Studies. vol 25, pp. 1931-1969
Bo Becker, Henrik Cronqvist and Rudiger Fahlenbrach (2012). Estimating the effect of large shareholders using a geographic instrument. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis