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Ben S. Branch

Professor Emeritus



PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 1970
MA Economics, University of Michigan, 1968
MA Economics, University of Texas, 1967
BA Mathematics, Emory University, 1965

Academic Appointments

Finance Department, UMass Amherst, 1975-76 Assistant Professor, 1976-79 Associate Professor, 1979-Present Professor
PhD Director, School of Management, UMass Amherst, 1989-1991 and 2008-2009

Recent Honors / Awards

Rackham Fellowship, Winter 1969
Phi Kappa Phi, 1969
Brookings Fellowship, 1969

Research Interests

Strategic Planning
Futures Markets
Corporate Finance
Industrial Organization

Teaching Interests

  • Investments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Industrial Organization
  • Financial Institutions

Selected Publications

"An Updated Model of Price to Book", (with Anurag Sharma, Chetan Chawla and Feng Tu), Journal of Applied Finance(Accepted)

"Do Socially Responsible Index Funds Incur an Opportunity Cost?" (with Li Cai), Presented to the 2010 Eastern Finance Association meetings and to be presented to the 2010 Financial Management Association Meetings, The Financial Review, Volume 47, No. 3, pp 617-630.

"What We Like about Closed End Funds that Trade at a Discount" (with Liping Qui) Alternative Investments Analyst Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 64-73.

"Explaining Market to Book: The relative impact of firm performance, growth, and risk" (with Anarug Sharma, Chetan Chawla, Liping Qiu) Business Quest, 2013;