Omer Unsal

Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Finance

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Investment
  • 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
  • Innovation

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.