Alexander W. Butler

Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance
Departments: Faculty
Office: McNair Hall 357

Contact: alex.butler@rice.edu

Alex Butler is a professor of finance at Rice University. His research is in empirical corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets, and focuses on external financing decisions of firms, governments, and individuals. His research has been published in all the top finance journals. He received the Rice University Presidential Mentoring Award and the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching in 2018 and 2020. He won the Jones School’s Award for Scholarship Excellence in 2011 and in 2012 and the Jones School’s PhD Mentoring Award in 2018. He has a PhD in Finance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University.


  • Paper downloads (SSRN)
  • Data for state-year corruption convictions in the US, 1976-2018.
  • A short video (3 minutes) describing my research on the effect of media bias on firm valuation.
  • Poster-style summary of my paper on the spillover effects that IPOs have on their local economies.