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Pat Akey is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the political economy of finance and the incentives of firms to engage in pro-social behavior.  He has presented his research at numerous major academic and practitioner conferences and published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.  He was awarded the 2021 Brattle Prize Distingushed paper for one of the best papers in corporate finance published by the Journal of Finance and the 2016 Rising Scholar Award for the best paper by a young researcher published in the Review of Financial Studies. Major media outlets such as The EconomistBloomberg, and National Public Radio have cited his work.

Research Interests

Corporate Finance, Politics and Finance, ESG, Limited Liability, Cyber Security

Working Papers

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