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Alexander Zentefis

Alexander Zentefis

Assistant Professor of Finance

Professor Zentefis researches the structure of institutions, ranging from organizations to markets. His recent research shows how large pay inequality can drive corporate cultures to progress after societal change. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD from The University of Chicago.


  • PhD, The University of Chicago
  • MS, Washington University in St. Louis
  • BS, Washington University in St. Louis


Language of Bargaining

M. Heddaya, S. Dworkin, C. Tan, and R. Voigt, and A. K. Zentefis
Computational Linguistics 61st Annual Proceedings, vol. 1, pp. 13161-13185

Corporate Culture

A. K. Zentefis, G. Gorton and J. Grennan
Annual Review of Financial Economics, vol. 14, pp. 535-561

Working Papers

Selected Media Coverage


  • Best Paper Award, Fin. Intermediation & Markets, FMA Annual Meeting, 2023
    Best Paper Award, Asia-Pacific Association of Derivatives, 2023
    AQR Top Finance Graduate Award, 2017
    John Leusner Fellowship, 2017
    WFA-CFAR Best Finance PhD Paper Award, 2016
    Fischer Black Fellowship,  2016