Abu Jalal, PhD

Chair and Professor, Finance; Director of Graduate Programs in Finance

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Professor Abu Jalal teaches and conducts research primarily in Corporate Finance. He has taught all levels of courses at Suffolk, including for the Undergraduate, the EMBA, the MBA, and the MSF programs. In his research, Professor Jalal strives to understand how firms’ actions differ in various economic environments. He explores the relationships among the macroeconomic environments, the level of development of a country’s financial markets and institutions, and the decisions of firms. His studies have been published in the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, Economic Theory, Journal of Economics and Business, Research in International Business and Finance, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Paper in Behavioral Finance award winner, 2018 Midwest Finance Association Annual Meeting
  • Suffolk University Research Grant, 2019
  • Tuition Management Systems Grant, 2017
  • Center for Innovation and Change Leadership Grant, 2016


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Cash Cycle: A Cross-Country Analysis, with Shahriar Khaksari, Financial Management, 49(3), 635-671, 2020.

It Pays to Partner with a Firm that Writes Annual Reports Well, with Mufaddal Baxamusa and Anand Jha, Journal of Banking and Finance, 92, 13-34, 2018.

Industry Networks and IPO Waves, with Mufaddal Baxamusa, Journal of Banking and Finance, 88, 129-146, 2018.

Effects of Tuition Discounting on University’s Financial Performance, with Shahriar Khaksari, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 52(2), 439-66, 2019.

CEO’S Religious Affiliation and Managerial Conservatism, with Mufaddal Baxamusa, Financial Management, 45(1), 67-104, 2016.

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Courses Taught

FIN808: Theory of Corporate Finance
FIN818: Financial Econometrics
MBA650: Value Based Financial Management
FIN311: Intermediate Corporate Finance 

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Wabash College