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Karin S. Thorburn is the Research Chair Professor of Finance at Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Prior to joining NHH in 2009, she was a faculty member at the Tuck School of Busi­ness at Dartmouth College for 11 years. She is regularly a Visiting Professor and teaches MBA courses at top US business school, including Wharton (U of Penn­sylvania), Tuck (Dartmouth College), and Haas (UC Berkeley). She won the master students’ award for teaching excellence at NHH in 2015 and became a member of Haas’ Club 6 in 2016.


Thorburn’s research focuses on takeovers, bankruptcy, IPOs, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. She regularly publishes in the top academic journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.


Thorburn is a director of the board of Maritime and Merchant Bank ASA and SEB Investment Management AB. In 2016, she served on a committee appointed by the Norwegian govern­ment to assess the equity portion of the $900 billion Government Pension Fund Global. She is a Research Associate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, a Research Affiliate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) in Brussels, a councilor of the Society for Financial Studies, and served as a director of the Executive Committee of the European Finance Associa­tion in 2014-2016. Thorburn holds a PhD in financial economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Current Projects

Takeover initiation
Board gender quotas
Upfront fees in bank loans
Incentives of private equity partners' coinvestment

Research Interests

Takeovers, corporate bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, IPOs, environmental economics

Working Papers

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