Mark Jansen is a doctoral candidate in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. Mark received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark also has a Masters in Business Administration from the London Business School. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Mark worked as the manager director of a private equity firm which focused on distressed situations. His research interests include corporate finance and entrepreneurial finance.
Carlos Parra is a doctoral candidate in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. Carlos received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Carabobo. Carlos also holds a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Finance from IESA. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Carlos worked as a corporate finance associate at Mercantil Servicios Financieros, a Venezuelan financial holding. His research interests include corporate finance, banking, financial intermediation, and household finance.
Nathan Swem is a doctoral candidate in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. Nathan received his B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Nathan worked as a research analyst at Longbow Capital Partners (a hedge fund), and as a research analyst at Goldman Sachs. His research interests are generally within asset pricing, and include hedge funds, information, and investor activism.
Miao Ben Zhang
Miao Ben Zhang is a doctoral candidate in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin. Ben received a B.S. in Mathematics from Peking University and a M.Phil. in Finance from the University of Hong Kong. The focus of Ben's research is to understand firms' exposure to macroeconomic risk and asset prices. His job market paper examines firms' options to replace labor with machines and the effects of these options on firms' hiring, investment, and stock returns. Ben's paper on the fluctuation of local factor prices and firm risk, coauthored with Selale Tuzel of USC, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Finance. His earlier paper, coauthored with Eric Chang and Dragon Tang (both from HKU), studies household investment in structured financial products in Hong Kong. This paper was published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.