Mehdi Haghbaali

Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance


Mehdi Haghbaali earned his Ph.D. in Finance from Georgia State University. His main area of research is the intersection of corporate and mutual fund governance, investments, and the network effects in finance. Mehdi earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and his MBA from Sharif University of Technology. He has working experience in wealth management and Investment banking industry before joining academia. He joined Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies from June 2021 as assistant professor of Finance and Economics.

Research Interests

  • Mutual Fund Governance
  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Governance
  • Ph.D. in Finance (Georgia State University)
  • M.B.A (Sharif University of Technology)
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering (Sharif University of Technology)
  • Effectiveness of Intense Monitors on Fund Boards
  • Do Connected Directors Diffuse Information? Evidence from Holdings in Connected Sectors
  • Common Ownership in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Investment Advisor Public Disclosure and Operational Risk in Hedge Funds
  • Scholar at the center of Economic Analysis of Risk
  • GTA Teaching Excellence Award
  • Travel Grant: Research seminars in Paris Dauphine University (France)
  • Ranked 108th the Iranian Math. and Physics B.Sc. University Entrance Exam
  • Ranked 11th in the Iranian MBA University Entrance Exam
    • Sara Al Balooshi (University of St Andrews, graduated in 2020)

    • Caixia Shu (University of St Andrews)

    • Yeliangzi Zheng (University of St Andrews)