Bo Becker is the Gösta Olsson Professor of Financial Economics in the Department of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. The department of finance is housed in the Swedish House of Finance. Professor Becker's research is on corporate finance, especially corporate credit markets. Recent topics include corporate bank lending through the business cycle, conflicts of interest in credit ratings industry, the covenant structure of loans and bonds, and comparing out-of-court restructuring to bankruptcy. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies and other journals. Professor Becker has been awarded several prizes and grants, including the Standard Life Prize for best paper in the ECGI Finance WP series, the Nordea Price for Best Corporate Finance Paper at the European Finance Association's annual meeting and the Lamfalussy Research Fellowship from the European Central Bank.
Professor Becker holds a masters degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He previously worked at the University of Illinois and at Harvard Business School. Professor Becker serves as an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science and Financial Management, is a Research Fellow of Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a Research Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and is the Program Director for the Mistra Financial System research grant. He has served on the board of directors of the Swedish National Debt Office and was previously a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Becker currently serves as an expert for the Swedish Parliament's evaluation of possible Swedish membership in the European Banking Union.