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Karin Thorburn

Visiting Professor
Haas Finance Group
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment
Personal Homepage: http://www.nhh.no/thorburn
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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PhD, Financial Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Bachelor in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Positions Held

At Haas since 2015

2009-present, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway

2011-present, Research Chair Professor of Finance

2010-2011, DnB NOR Professor of Finance

2009-2010, Professor of Finance

1998-2009, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

2002-2009, Associate Professor of Finance

1998-2002, Assistant Professor of Finance

Visiting Positions

Spring term (March-April) 2016, Visiting Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Spring term (April-May) 2010-2016, Visiting Professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

November 2014, Senior Visitor, SAFE, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

October 2012, Visiting Scholar, London Business School, UK

Nov-Dec 2011, Visiting Professorial Fellow, Australian Business School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

External Service and Assignments

  • Director of the Board, SEB Investment Management AB, 2016-present
  • Director, Executive Committee of the European Finance Association, 2014-2016
  • Director of the Board, Nordea Bank Norge ASA, 2010-1016
  • Research Affiliate, Financial Economics Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, 2002-present
  • Research Associate, the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), Brussels, 2004-present
  • Scientific Board, European Center for Corporate Control Studies (ECCCS), Lille, 2009-present
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Finance at Gothenburg University, 2011-present
  • International Advisory Board, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, 2012-present
  • Lindenauer Research Associate, the Lindenauer Center for Corporate Governance, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, New Hampshire, USA, 2010-present
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Council to the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), USA, 2003-present
  • Associate Director, Lindenauer Center for Corporate Governance, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, New Hampshire, USA, 2001-2009
  • Member of “Club 6”, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, 2015

Current Research and Interests

  • Bidder gains and bidding tactics in takeovers
  • CEO career and compensation changes in bankruptcy
  • Underpricing in IPOs
  • Board gender quotas

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Eckbo, B. Espen, Karin Thorburn and Wei Wang, 2016, “How costly is corporate bankruptcy for the CEO?” Journal of Financial Economics 121 (1), 210-229.
  • Betton, Sandra, B. Espen Eckbo, Rex Thompson, and Karin S. Thorburn, 2014, “Merger negotiations with stock market feedback,” Journal of Finance 69(4), 1705-1745.
  • Fisher-Vanden, Karen, and Karin S. Thorburn, 2011, “Voluntary corporate environmental initiatives and shareholder wealth,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 62(3), 430-455.
  • Betton, Sandra, B. Espen Eckbo and Karin S. Thorburn, 2009, “Merger negotiations and the toehold puzzle,” Journal of Financial Economics 91, 158-178.
  • Eckbo, B. Espen, and Karin S. Thorburn, 2008, “Automatic bankruptcy auctions and fire-sales,” Journal of Financial Economics 89, 404-422.
  • Eckbo, B. Espen, and Karin S. Thorburn, 2003, “Control benefits and CEO discipline in automatic bankruptcy auctions,” Journal of Financial Economics 69 (1), 227-258.
  • Thorburn, Karin S., 2000, “Bankruptcy auctions: Costs, debt recovery, and firm survival,” Journal of Financial Economics 58(3), 337-368, lead article.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions (EWMBA 236E)

Honors and Awards

  • Master student’s award for teaching excellence, Norwegian School of Economics, 2015

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