Margarita Tsoutsoura

Margarita Tsoutsoura

  • John and Dyan Smith Professor of Management and Family Business
  • Academic Director of the John and Dyan Smith Family Business Initiative

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Faculty Area

Faculty Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Family Business
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Margarita Tsoutsoura is an associate professor and Smith Family Business Professor of Finance at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. She is also Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER Corporate Finance Program and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Most recently, Tsoutsoura was associate professor of finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Professor Tsoutsoura has several research projects studying family firms and privately held firms. Her most recent project studies the effect of mandated pay transparency on the gender pay gap. She is also interested in corporate governance as well as the effects of corruption and tax evasion. Her work on tax evasion was awarded the 2013 Wharton School-WRDS Award for Best Empirical Finance Paper. The Fulbright Fellowship and the WFA Trefftzs Award are among Tsoutsoura's other varied honors and fellowships. She is Associate Editor at Management Science and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Her work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. Her research has been covered extensively in print and electronic media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, BusinessWeek, International Herald Tribune, and CNBC.

Tsoutsoura earned her PhD in finance with distinction from the Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, her MSc in financial engineering from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, and a BSc in economics from the University of Piraeus in Greece.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Wharton School-WRDS Award for the Best Empirical Finance Paper (2013) WFA
  • Best Paper Award (2018) Financial Research Association Conference (FRA)
  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow (2018) National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Research Fellow, Financial Economic Program (2019) Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Block Center for Technology and Society Grant (2020) CMU

Recent Courses

  • MGMT 5260 - Advanced Corporate Finance
  • NBA 4720/NBA 6720 - Managing Family and Privately Held Firms
  • NBA 6560 - Valuation Principles

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Columbia Business School, Columbia University, 2010
  • MS Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
  • BS University of Piraeus, 2001