Rutgers University, B.S.
Columbia University, M.I.A.
Rutgers University, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Debt Markets
Credit Rating Agencies
Municipal Accounting

My research interests in the area of financial accounting have been uniquely shaped by my work experience in the debt markets. My experience at both Moody’s and MBIA has allowed me to understand the intricacies of credit ratings and the overall bond market. This experience has motivated me to study how regulatory reforms impact rating properties and how various factors may affect rating accuracy.  My current projects focus on understanding the determinants of municipal bond costs. 


  • The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Credit Ratings", with Valentin Dimitrov and Darius Palia. Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 115, Issue 3, March 2015, Pages 505-520.
  • "Geographic Location of the Firm and Credit Rating Accuracy", with Bikki Jaggi. Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, April 2017, Pages 155-181. (Lead Article)
  • “Social Capital and the Municipal Bond Market” with Pei Li and Bikki Jaggi. Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming.