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Dirk Jenter

Dirk   Jenter
Associate Professor, Finance
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Associate Professor of Finance
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Research Interests

  • Corporate Finance, Economics of Organizations, Capital Markets


Dirk Jenter is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, Professor Jenter was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he taught corporate finance in both the MBA and executive education programs. He won the MIT Sloan Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the MIT Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007, the Stanford MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, and the MIT Sloan Outstanding Teacher Award in 2014. Professor Jenter received his undergraduate education at the University of Frankfurt (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK), an M.Phil. degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Professor Jenter’s research focuses on the interaction of managers and firms with capital markets, on corporate governance, and on the evaluation and compensation of top executives. Recent research projects have examined the capital structure decisions of U.S. firms, the role of equity compensation for executives and employees, insider trading, the role of institutional investors in M&A, and the effects of firm performance and the business cycle on CEO turnover and compensation.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Business Economics, Harvard University, 1997-2002
  • M. Phil. in Economics, University of Cambridge, Trinity College, U.K., 1996-1997
  • Vordiplom in Economics, University of Frankfurt, Germany, 1993-1995

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professsor of Finance, Stanford GSB, 2011-today
  • Visiting Associate Professsor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2013-2014
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Stanford GSB, 2007-2011
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2002-2007
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge. 2005-today

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2014
  • The MBA Distinguished Teacher Award, Stanford GSB, 2012
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2007
  • Teacher of the Year, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2005
  • Award for the Best Corporate Finance Paper, Western Finance Association Meeting, 2006
  • Nomination for the Brattle Prize for the Best Corporate Finance Paper in the Journal of Finance, 2005
  • Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper, Southern Finance Association Meeting, 2001
  • Best Discussant Award at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Financial Research Association, 2013
  • Best Discussant Award at the Rothschild Caesarea Center 7th Annual Academic Conference, 2010


Journal Articles

Dirk Jenter, Katharina Lewellen. Journal of Finance. 2014, Vol. forthcoming.
Dirk Jenter, Fadi Kanaan. Journal of Finance. 2014, Vol. forthcoming.
Dirk Jenter, Katharina Lewellen, Jerold B. Warner. Journal of Finance. April 2011, Vol. 66, Issue 2, Pages 413–443.
Dirk Jenter, Jarrad Harford, Kai Li. Journal of Financial Economics. January 2011, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pages 27-39.
Nittai K. Bergman, Dirk Jenter. Journal of Financial Economics. June 2007, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pages 667-712.
Dirk Jenter. Journal of Finance. August 2005, Vol. 60, Issue 4, Pages 1903–1949.
François Degeorge, Dirk Jenter, Alberto Moel, Peter Tufano. Journal of Financial Economics. January 2004, Vol. 71, Issue 1, Pages 169–202.

Other Publications

Dirk Jenter, Carola Frydman. Annual Review of Financial Economics. December 2010, Vol. 2, Pages 75-102.

Working Papers

Performance-induced CEO Turnover
Dirk Jenter, Katharina Lewellen2014
Tax Distortions in Corporate Ownership
Dirk Jenter, Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, Eric Nowak2014
Which CEOs Add Value? Evidence from Exogenous CEO Departures
Dirk Jenter, Egor Matveyev, Lukas Roth2014

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


This course covers the foundations of finance with an emphasis on applications that are vital for corporate managers. We will discuss many of the major financial decisions made by corporate managers, both within the firm and in their interactions...

School News

June 4, 2012
Stanford GSB students recognize Dirk Jenter, Charles Lee, and Jeremy Bulow for their passionate teaching of challenging subjects.