Bo Becker is the Cevian Capital Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics and Director if the Swedish House of Finance. Professor Becker's research is on corporate finance, especially corporate credit markets. Recent topics include corporate bank lending and bond issuance through the business cycle, credit ratings, covenant structures of loans and bonds, in-court and out-of-court restructuring, and the impact of Covid-19 on corporate credit markets. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, 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 has served as an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science and Financial Management, and is currently a department editor for finance at Management Science. He is a Research Fellow of Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a Research Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). He previously served on the board of directors of the Swedish National Debt Office, as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and as an expert for public inquiries into possible Swedish membership of the EU Banking Union and on the future of payment services. He serves as a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board as well as on several non-for profit and corporate boards, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He advises SEB and AP7 on sustainability issues.