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Jesse Ellis

Associate Professor of Finance

Department of Business Management

Nelson Hall 4126


Dr. Ellis previously was an assistant professor of finance at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.

Dr. Ellis’s research focuses on empirical corporate finance and investment management. He is primarily interested in the study of hedge funds, corporate governance, corporate disclosure and industrial organization.

He has published articles in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and the Journal of Accounting Research. His work has been featured in a number of media outlets, including the Financial Times, the Economist, Reuters, and Institutional Investor and The Business Insider.


Ph.D, Finance, University of Pittsburgh (2011)

Intellectual Contributions

  • “The Value of Funds of Hedge Funds: Evidence from Their Holdings” (with Adam Aiken and Christopher Clifford), forthcoming at Management Science
  • “Hedge Funds and Discretionary Liquidity Restrictions” (with Adam Aiken and Christopher Clifford), 2015, Journal of Financial Economics 116, 197-218.
  • “Out of the Dark: Hedge Fund Reporting Biases and Commercial Databases,” (with Adam Aiken and Christopher Clifford)2013, Review of Financial Studies 26, 208-243.”
  • “Proprietary Costs and the Disclosure of Information about Customers,” (with C. Edward Fee and Shawn Thomas), 2012, Journal of Accounting Research 50, 685-727.