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Léa Stern
Office: 448
Phone: 206-543-5365
Fax: 206-543-7472

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195

Léa Stern

Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics


PhD Syracuse University (2017)
M.Sc. HEC Montréal (2009)
BA HEC Montréal (2007)

Academic Expertise

corporate finance
corporate governance

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2016

Selected Publications

  1. Selecting Directors Using Machine Learning
    Journal Article:Erel, I., Stern, Léa, Tan, C., and Weisbach, M, (forthcoming). Review of Financial Studies,
  2. D&O Insurance and IPO Performance: What Can we Learn from Insurers?
    Journal Article:Stern, L., & Boyer, M.M., (2014). Journal of Financial Intermediation, Vol. 23, pp. 504-540.
  3. Pay for Performance from Future Fund Flows: The Case of Private Equity
    Journal Article:Stern, L., Chung, J., Sensoy, B. & Weisbach, M., (2012). Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 25, pp. 3259-3304.
  4. Is Corporate Governance Risk Valued? Evidence from Directors and Officers Liability Insurance
    Journal Article:Stern, L., & Boyer, M.M., (2012). Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol. 18, pp. 349-372.

Working Papers

A Learning-Based Approach to Evaluating Boards of Directors

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Paper Award, International Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, 2012
Wharton-WRDS Award for Best Paper on Empirical Finance, WFA meetings, 2011
Bank of Canada Best Paper Award, Northern Finance Association Conference, 2010