Christopher Parsons

Associate Professor of Finance and Accounting

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info

Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo Hall Hall, Room 4W115
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Phone: (858) 5348782­
Fax: (858) 2461222­

Research Areas

Corporate Finance
Labor Economics
Capital Structure
Real Estate
Urban Economics
Market Microstructure
Christopher Parsons

Prior to coming to the Rady School, Parsons was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before his position at the Kenan-Flagler School, Parsons was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Montreal.

Parsons earned his Ph.D. in Finance at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.S. with Highest Honors in Chemical Engineering.


Parsons, C., Van Wesep, E., The Timing of Pay, Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming.

Brogaard, J., Engelberg, J., Parsons, C., Networks and Productivity: Causal Evidence from Journal Editor Rotations, forthcoming, Journal of Financial Economics.

Engelberg, J., Gao, P., and Parsons, C., The Price of a CEO’s Rolodex, forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies.

Elkamhi, R., Ericsson, J., and Parsons, C., 2012 The Cost and Timing of Financial Distress, Journal of Financial Economics, 105: 62-81.

Dougal, C., Engelberg, J., Garcia, D., and Parsons, C., 2012, Journalists and the Stock Market, Review of Financial Studies, 25(3): 639-679. (Lead Article)

Engelberg, J., Gao, P., and Parsons, C., 2012, Friends with Money, Journal of Financial Economics, 103 (1), p. 169–188.

Parsons, C., Sulaeman, J., Yates, M., and Hamermesh, D., 2011 Strike Three: Discrimination, Incentives, and Evaluation, American Economic Review 101, p. 1410-1435.

Engelberg, J., Parsons, C., 2011, The Causal Impact of Media in Financial Markets, Journal of Finance 66 (1), p. 67-97.

Hallman, G., Hartzell, J., and Parsons, C., 2011, Carrots and Sticks: The Threat of Termination on Explicit Incentives, Real Estate Economics, 39, 507-546.

Hartzell, J., Parsons, C., and Yermack, D., 2010, Is a Higher Calling Enough? Incentives Effects in the Church, Journal of Labor Economics Vol. 28 (3), p. 509-538.

Parsons, C., Titman, S., 2009, Empirical Capital Structure: A Review, Foundations and Trends in Finance 3:1, pp 1-93.

Parsons, C., Titman, S., 2008, Capital Structure and Corporate Strategy, Handbook of Corporate Finance: Empirical Corporate Finance, Volume 2, Eckbo, B., Espen (ed).


Anchoring and the Cost of Capital (with Casey Dougal, Joey Engelberg, and Ed Van Wesep)

Urban Vibrancy and Corporate Growth (with Casey Dougal and Sheridan Titman)

Human Capital in the Supply of Religion (with Joey Engelberg, Ray Fisman, and Jay Hartzell)

The Global Relation Between Financial Distress and Equity Returns (with Paul Gao and Jianfeng Shen)

CEO Voice Pitch Predicts Labor Market Success (with William J. Mayew and Mohan Venkatachalam)

Learning from Prices: Evidence from Real Estate (with Aydogan Alti and Joey Engelberg)

Location, Transportation Costs, and the Development of Human Capital (with Jay Hartzell)