Professor Pirinsky is a Professor at the Department of Finance in the UCF College of Business and Director of the FinTech Program. Prior to joining the department, he was a Financial Economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. In addition to his regulatory work, he was a full-time faculty member at major academic institutions, such as Texas A&M University, Rutgers University and George Washington University.

Professor Pirinsky’s research interests are in the areas of Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance and Economics, and Data Analytics applications for Financial Decision Making. One part of his research explores how cultural norms affect the structure of economic contracts, the formation of organizational culture and corporate policy more broadly. Another part of his research studies the implications of economics institutions and technology for financial development. Professor Pirinsky also has done extensive work on investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.

His research has been published in top-tier academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, among others. Professor Pirinsky’s work has been presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world and has been profiled in the media.

Selected Research & Publications

  • “Corporate Leadership and Inherited Beliefs about Gender Roles” with R. David McLean and Mengxin Zhao, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming, 2022.
  • “The Deterrent Effect of Insider Trading Enforcement Actions” with Robert Davidson, The Accounting Review, 97(3), 2022, 227-247.
  • “A Language-Based Approach to Measuring Creative Exploration” with Vladimir Gatchev and Buvaneshwaran Venugopal, Research Policy, 51, 2021, 104426.
  • “Efficient Market Managers” with Vladimir Atanasov and Qinghai Wang, Quarterly Journal of Finance, 11, 2021, 2150009.
  • “Attitudes towards Non-compliance and the Demand for External Finance” with Robert Davidson, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 54, 2019, 967–991
  • “How Do Acquirers Choose Between Mergers and Tender Offers?” with David Offenberg, Journal of Financial Economics, 116, 2015, 331-348
  • “Social Influence in the Housing Market” with Carrie Pan, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 50, 2015, 757-779
  • “Confidence and Economic Attitudes,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 91, 2013, 139-158
  • “Market Segmentation and the Cost of Capital in a Domestic Market: Evidence from Municipal Bonds” with Qinghai Wang, Financial Management, 40, 2011, 455-481
  • “The Role of Underwriter-Investor Relationships in the IPO Process,” with Murat Binay and Vladimir Gatchev, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 42, 2007, 785-810
  • “Why Do Firms Become Widely Held? An Analysis of the Dynamics of Corporate Ownership,” with Jean Helwege, and Rene Stulz, Journal of Finance, 62, 2007, 995-1028; lead article
  • “Does Corporate Headquarters Location Matter for Stock Returns?” with Qinghai Wang, Journal of Finance, 61, 2006, 1991-2015
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