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Wayne Mikkelson

Professor Emerit of Finance

Affiliations: Finance
Phone: 541-346-3390
Office: Lillis 382



Wayne Mikkelson held the Cameron Distinguished Chair in Finance from 2009 to 2013. He has also served as director of the PhD program at the Lundquist College of Business and as the finance department chair. In addition to the University of Oregon, he has served on the faculty of Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and the University College Dublin.

His research focuses on corporate financing decisions and corporate governance. His published research deals with equity and convertible bond financing, dual class share structures, transactions in the market for corporate control, initial public offerings, corporate spin-offs and carve-outs, corporate liquidity policies, and tracking stock. Currently, he is investigating the stage of development of companies when they decide to go public. He is also investigating the role of cash reserves in explaining how firms fare when an industry goes into a downturn.

Mikkelson received his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1980. He has served as an editor of the Journal of Financial Economics. Currently, he is an advisory editor for the Journal of Financial Economics and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Degree History:
  • PhD, University of Rochester, 1980
  • MS, University of Rochester, 1978
  • BA, Macalester College, 1974

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Journal Articles:

Mikkelson, Wayne, and Azizjon Alimov. "Does Favorable Investor Sentiment Lead to Costly Decisions to Go Public?" Journal of Corporate Finance 18, no. 3: 519-540.

June 2012

Mikkelson, Wayne, Audra Boone, and David Haushalter. "An Investigation of the Gains from Specialized Equity Claims." Financial Management 32, no. 3: 67-83.

September 2003

Mikkelson, Wayne, Vikas Mehrotra, and Megan Partch. "The Design of Financial Policies in Corporate Spinoffs." Review of Financial Studies 16, no. 4: 1359-1388.

January 2003

Mikkelson, Wayne, and Megan Partch. "Do Persistent Large Cash Reserves Hinder Performance?" Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 38, no. 2: 275-294.

June 2003

Mikkelson, Wayne, Megan Partch, and Kshitij Shah. "Ownership and Operating Performance of Companies that Go Public." Journal of Financial Economics 44, no. 3: 281-307.

June 1997

Mikkelson, Wayne, and Megan Partch. "The Decline of Takeovers and Disciplinary Managerial Turnover." Journal of Financial Economics 44. no. 2: 205-228.

May 1997