Francisco Pérez-González is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He previously taught at Columbia University, the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to academia, he served as an economist at the Mexican Ministry of Finance and at the Mexican Council of Economic Advisers to the President; as a consultant at Harvard’s Institute for International Development; and as a visiting researcher at the Central Bank of Mexico. Pérez-González received both a Masters and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He also received a bachelor’s degree in economics from ITAM, in Mexico City, and in 2008, he received ITAM’s distinguished alumni award.
His research interests are in the intersection of corporate finance, corporate governance, and organizational economics. His recent work has examined the importance of top managerial talent for firm performance. He has also recently examined the impact of risk management policies on firm value, and of corporate taxes on capital structure decisions. Previously, he has studied how the incentives of large shareholders can shape dividend payout and managerial succession decisions; the impact of ownership structures on productivity; and the interaction between competition and corporate governance. Pérez-González has an ongoing research agenda examining the strengths and unique challenges of family firms. His research has examined the performance of family firms both in the U.S. and abroad. His research has been accepted for publication at top economics and finance journals, such as, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His work has been profiled by mainstream media organizations such as, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. At Stanford he teaches two graduate courses: Managerial Finance and Family Business.
Pérez-González was born in Teziutlán, Puebla, México. He lives with his wife and two kids on the Stanford campus.
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