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Babak Lotfaliei, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Finance Department


Babak Lotfaliei (Ph.D., McGillUniversity) teaches introductory corporate finance, and case-based finance at graduate and undergraduate levels. He supervised SDSU's student team in Chartered Financial Analyst Challenge three times, in two of which the SDSU team won the San Diego regional challenge in years 2020 and 2016. In 2020, He was selected as the Most Influential Faculty member by SDSU's MBA program. His primary research bridges asset pricing and corporate finance where it covers three connected areas: derivatives pricing, credit risk, and corporate finance decisions with sub-specialization in Merton models of capital structure and real options. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Journal of Banking and Finance, and policy outlets, such as the European Systematic Risk Board (part of the European Central Bank). He is currently an associate editor for Finance Research Letters.

Interests: Finance (Management)  Corporate Debt  Management (Financial Institutions) 

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