P. Raghavendra Rau

University of Cambridge

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Raghu Rau is the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He also holds the Mercer’s School Memorial Professorship of Business at Gresham College. He is a past president of the European Finance Association, and the immediate past Vice-President of the Financial Management Association. Raghu was previously a Principal at Barclay’s Global Investors in San Francisco. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, the Journal of Corporate Finance, among others. He is also a founding member and director of the Cambridge
Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). His papers focus on why investors behave the way they do in real life. He has investigated, for example, behavioral biases that make investors value companies higher when the companies change their names, the effect of early-life natural disasters on CEO risk taking behavior, and why investors chase stale returns in mutual fund reported performance numbers. He has received numerous awards and honours from rious corporations and institutions including, most recently, the Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award in 2022. Notable awards also include the Ig Nobel Prize in Management in 2015, the ‘Best Paper in Corporate Finance Award’ from The Chinese Finance Association in 2008, and the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (Q Group) Award in 2003. 

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EMC 2023
EMC 2022


14th Dec '23

Hazed and confused: Prenatal pollutant exposure and CEO risk-taking

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Do investors pay less attention to women (Fund managers)?

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