- Assistant Professor, Finance
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Management
- Mergers and Acquisitions
My research mainly focuses on issues related to corporate governance. My first research channel is identifying the benefit of political connections to firm performance. I investigate whether political contributions, lobbying spending and campaign donations contributes to shareholder wealth. I examine why firms engage in political strategies and how political involvement contributes to the firm value. My second research channel is analyzing the impact of lawsuits on firm’s productivity. I work with various types of lawsuits including labor, patent, environmental, securities and antitrust cases to examine how legal challenges influence corporate governance practices.
- Ph.D. Financial Economics University of New Orleans
- M.S. Finance University of New Orleans
- M.A. Business Administration Western Michigan University
- B.A. Economics Yildiz Teknik University
- Agency Cost
- CEO and Board Characteristics
- CEO Compensation
- Corporate Governance
Unsal, Omer, M. Kabir Hassan, and Duygu Zirek. “Corporate Lobbying and Labor Relations: Evidence From Employee-Level Litigations.” Journal of Corporate Finance 46 (2017): 411-441.
Unsal, Omer, M. Kabir Hassan, and Duygu Zirek. “Product Recalls and Security Prices: New Evidence From the U.S. Market.” Journal of Economics and Business 93 (2017): 62-79.
Unsal, Omer, M. Kabir Hassan, and Duygu Zirek. “Corporate Lobbying, CEO Political Ideology and Firm Performance.” Journal of Corporate Finance 38 (2016): 126-149.
- McGraw-Hill Education Distinguished Paper Award, Southwestern Decision Sciences Institute Conference, 2017.
- Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, University of New Orleans, 2016.
- Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Review of Financial Economics, 2016.
- Privateer Graduate Award, University of New Orleans, 2013-17.