Fall 2008

In Brief

Haas Welcomes Seven New Professors in 2008-2009


Seven distinguished educators have signed on to become ladder-track faculty at the Haas School during the 2008-2009 academic year, bringing expertise in finance, real estate, and marketing.

Professor Robert Helsley will join the Haas Real Estate Group in January from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, where he served as director of the UBC Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and senior associate dean, faculty and research.  His research focuses on the growth and development of urban areas; the operation of private land markets; and the economic impacts of government tax, spending, and regulatory policies.

After two years at Barclays Global Investors, Professor Richard G. Sloan will return to academia in January as a member of the Haas Accounting Group. At Barclays, Sloan served as director of accounting research and head of cross-strategy research.  Sloan's background includes ten years at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where he was an endowed professor of finance and director of the school's Financial Research and Trading Center.

Sloan's work focuses on the role of accounting information in investment decisions. He won the 2001 Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award for his research on earnings quality. He earned his MS and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Rochester.

Professor Martin Lettau joined the Haas Finance Group in the fall after spending the past year as a visiting professor  at Columbia University. Lettau is a former assistant finance professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and served as senior economist in capital markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He received his MA and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. Lettau's research includes the relationship of asset prices and the real economy, equity and bond pricing, and stock market volatility.

This fall the Haas Marketing Group welcomed Assistant Professor Zsolt Katona, who studies online marketing, search and social networks, and Internet advertising. Katona received a marketing management doctorate from INSEAD in France in 2008 and a Ph.D. in computer science in 2007 from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. When not on campus, Katona and his wife are busy perfecting their skills as competitive Latin dancers.

Assistant Professor Marcus Opp joined the Finance Group this fall after receiving his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Opp, a 5.5-rated tennis player, studies firms and contracts in countries where the government and legal systems are dysfunctional as well as other facets of international and corporate finance, information economics, and applied game theory.

Assistant Professor Alexei Tchistyi joined the Haas Real Estate and Finance groups this fall after three years at NYU's Stern School of Business. Tchistyi studies mortgages, financial innovations, dynamic contracting, agency theory, and corporate finance. Tchistyi, born in Belarus, received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Haas community already knows Assistant Professor Meghan Busse, who has been appointed a ladder-track faculty member in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group. In the spring, Busse earned membership in Club 6, a measure of teaching excellence based on student evaluations. Busse, who is currently on leave, earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes price discrimination, market structure and competition, and tacit collusion.



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Four of the seven new professors joining Haas in 2008-2009:


Professor Marcus Opp

Marcus Opp
Finance Group
From: Ph.D., University of Chicago



Professor Alexei Tchistyi

Alexei Tchistyi
Real Estate and Finance Groups
From: NYU (Stern)



Professor Zsolt Katona

Zsolt Katona
Marketing Group
From: Ph.D., INSEAD



Professor Martin Lettau

Martin Lettau
Finance Group
From: Columbia