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Assistant Professor of Finance, Mississippi State University

Dr. D. Brian Blank is an assistant professor of finance. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, where he developed expertise researching corporate finance and governance. His dissertation focused on corporate political contributions. He has published in journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, European Financial Management, Financial Review, the Journal of Financial Research, and the Journal of Housing Research. Dr. Blank also received the 2016 American Accounting Association Ohio Region Meeting Andrews Best Paper Award. He has received invitations to present his research at conferences such as the Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, Southern Finance Association, European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, and the American Real Estate Society Annual Meetings.

Dr. Blank received his undergraduate education at the University of Alabama, where he also received Masters of Science degrees in Finance and Applied Statistics. Afterwards, he began his career as a Consultant with Accounting, Economics & Appraisal Group, where he provided assistance to companies facing critical challenges including fraud, bankruptcy and litigation. His projects included advising a financial institution victim to a $500 million ponzi scheme; consulting for one of the ten largest United States-based financial institutions; performing due diligence for an international healthcare acquisition; and valuing a business interrupted by the costliest disaster in the history of the United States.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Assistant Professor of Finance, Mississippi State University

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Tennessee, Ph.D., Finance
  • 2010 
    University of Alabama, B.S.B.A., Mathematics & Finance
  • 2010 
    University of Alabama, M.S., Applied Statistics
  • 2010 
    University of Alabama, M.S., Finance

Publications

  • 2022
    Risk in Loan Pools of GNMA-Guaranteed MBS: Evidence from Bank and Non-Bank Issuers, Journal of Housing Research
  • 2022
    Game of Thrones: Internal CEO Succession & Outcomes, European Financial Management
  • 2021
    Financial consequences of reputational damage: Evidence from government economic incentives, Financial Review
  • 2021
    When CEOs Adapt: Manager Experience, Policy and Performance Following Recessions, Journal of Corporate Finance
  • 2019
    Do Insiders Cluster Trades with Colleagues? Evidence from Daily Insider Trading, Journal of Financial Research
  • 2019
    Do incentives work? Option-based compensation and corporate innovation, Journal of Corporate Finance