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Joetta Forsyth, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance

Phone: (310) 568-5633
E-mail: joetta.forsyth@pepperdine.edu

  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, University of Chicago

Joetta Forsyth attended the University of Chicago, where she completed the course work for her bachelor's and master's degrees within four years. Her master's thesis was completed while working at Lexecon Inc., where she conducted economic research used by expert witnesses in court cases and regulatory hearings. Projects included providing economic research used in shareholder litigation, antitrust hearings and court cases, breach of contract cases, and price fixing cases among others. Dr. Forsyth received a Ph.D. from a joint program with the Harvard Business School and Economics Department in 1995. Her concentrations were finance and industrial organization. She has been a professor at the University of Michigan Business School, and USC's Marshall School of business. After a brief stint as the president of an internet startup, she joined the faculty at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2002. Her research interests include: how bank employee compensation is related to risky mortgage lending practices, how stock misvaluation and corporate governance influence the awarding of options to CEOs, and the relationship between corporate governance and firm value. Other areas of interest are the relationship between one-time corporate restructurings and shareholder myopia, and the incentive effects of high leverage on the restructuring activities that firms undertake. She has also developed a model that explains how the advent of world trade contributed to the corporate restructuring wave of the 1980s.

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