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Laura Casares Field is the Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance and Department Chair of Finance at the University of Delaware.  She received her MBA and PhD degrees from UCLA and was previously a professor and Moore Faculty Fellow at Penn State University.  Professor Field is an associate editor of the Review of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Corporate Finance, and she serves as an Academic Director for the Financial Management Association.

Professor Field’s research focuses in the area of corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance and initial public offerings. Professor Field’s research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Journal of Corporate Finance, among others.


Current Projects

“Bucking the Trend: Why Do IPO Firms Choose Controversial Governance Structures and Why Do Investors Let Them?” with Michelle Lowry.

"The Value Impact of a Principles-based Approach to Director Gender Diversity Policy," with Tor-Erik Bakke, Hamed Mahmudi and Aazam Virani).

“Bond Liquidity and Investment,” with Anahit Mkrtchyan and Yuan Wang.

Research Interests

Corporate governance, IPOs, Repurchases

Working Papers


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