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Margarita Tsoutsoura is an Associate Professor of Finance at Olin Business School, at the Washington University in St. Louis. She is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Fellow at CEPR, Research Fellow at Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), and Research Member at ECGI. She serves as associate editor at the Journal of Finance, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Management Science and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Before joining WashU Tsoutsoura was tenured Associate Professor at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and the academic director of the Smith Family Business Initiative. During 2010-2017, Tsoutsoura was associate professor of finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Professor Tsoutsoura has several research projects studying privately held firms. Her most recent project studies the political polarization of corporate America. She is also interested in labor and finance, 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.

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.

Research Interests

Corporate Governance, privately held firms, family firms, labor and finance
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