Gordon Phillips

C.V. Starr Foundation Professor, Faculty Director, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship


Gordon Phillips is the C.V. Starr Foundation Professor and Academic Director of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship (CPEE) at the Tuck School of Business. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a visiting research professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He previously taught at the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland. He has been a visiting professor at Duke University, HEC Paris, Insead, MIT, and Southern Mediterranean University. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

His areas of research include corporate finance and how financial decisions impact firms' strategic decisions, and contracting in financial markets. His work in corporate finance includes studies of private equity issuance, capital structure, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, how leverage buyouts and other forms of high debt influence a firms' and rivals' investment decisions.

Recent research published in the Review of Financial Studies has been on applying computational linguistics to firm financial statements to analyze merger synergies, dividends and product market competition. Research published in the Journal of Finance has been on real and financial booms and busts and mergers and acquisitions and how firms organize across multiple markets. He recently presented the keynote address on PIPEs (private investment in public equity) to an audience of executives and finance professionals. He has served as an associate editor at The Review of Financial Studies and The Journal of Corporate Finance.

Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship has world-class faculty, deep relationships with PE and entrepreneurial professionals, and access to top student talent at Tuck and Dartmouth. The center's missions is to inspire the next generation of private equity investors and entrepreneurs through experiential engagement and academic excellence. Learn more.

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Recent/Upcoming Publications  //

Finance and Industrial Organization  //

"Finance and Industrial Organization," current issues that are explored in a PhD course taught by Gordon M. Phillips at USC, HEC Paris, Insead, Vienna, Australian Finance Research Network, and the Nordic Finance Network.

Finance, Organizations and Markets (FOM) Research Group Conference  //

The 2016 FOM Conference was held at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Learn more.

Hoberg-Phillips Data Library  //

Data provided by Gerard Hoberg (USC) and Gordon Phillips (Dartmouth). Learn more

Work in Progress  //

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  • Ph.D., M.A. Harvard University (1991)
  • B.A. Northwestern University (1986)