Alexander W. Butler, Ph.D.

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. 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.

Profile page at the Jones School


CV (updated December 2018)


Research Page

  • Data for state-year corruption convictions in the US, 1976-2013 from a paper on the effects of corruption on municipal financing activity.
  • 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.


Jargon-free summaries from Rice Business Wisdom of my research papers on:


Teaching Page

  • Article in Rice Magazine about my undergrad course.
  • Podcast interview about my teaching and mentoring.


Finance group at Rice

Business School page

Rice University home page


Finance seminars

Information for undergrad business minors

Information for prospective doctoral students


My hobby: fly fishing.

Alexander W. Butler
Professor of Finance