Keynote Speaker

Gustavo Manso

Gustavo Manso is a Professor of Finance and William A. and Betty H. Hasler Chair in New Enterprise Development at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in Finance from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Professor Manso’s research focuses on identifying incentives for promoting innovation in organizations. He examines how managerial compensation affects a firm’s innovation activity, and he has shed tremendous light on how the structure of scientific research funding influences breakthrough studies.

Professor Manos’s award-winning research has been published in the top journals in finance and economics, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Management Science. In 2012, after teaching for just one semester at Berkeley Haas, he received the Earl F. Cheit Award For Excellence In Teaching-the school’s highest teaching award that is selected by students. He is co-founder and past board member of the Finance Theory Group (FTG), a highly respected initiative that gives young professors opportunities to collaborate and present their research in finance theory. Today, the FTG has grown from 30 to 150 members and hosts its bi-annual meetings at top business schools.

Professor Manos is a current Department Editor of Management Science. He is also named “World’s Best 40 Business School Professors under the Age of 40” by Poets and Quants in 2016.

Current Academic Position


  • Ph.D. in Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), Brazil
  • B.A. in Economics, Pontifícia Universidade Catolica (PUC-Rio), Brazil


  • Department Editor, Management Science (Current)
  • Associate Editor, Management Science.

Award and Honor

  • 2016 World’s Best 40 Business School Professors under the Age of 40, Poets & Quants
  • 2014 Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference Asper Best Paper Award
  • 2012 Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time MBA Program
  • 2009 Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award
  • 2009 Review of Financial Studies Young Researcher Award
  • 2005 First Prize, Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance

Academic Journal Publication (Past 10 Years)

  • Independent Boards and Innovation, (with Benjamin Balsmeier and Lee Fleming), Journal of Financial Economics 123, 536-557, 2017.
  • Macroeconomic Risk and Debt Overhang, (with Hui Chen), Review of Corporate Finance Studies 6, 1-38, 2017.
  • Experimentation and the Returns to Entrepreneurship, Review of Financial Studies 29, 2319-2340, 2016.
  • Information Percolation in Segmented Markets, (with Darrell Duffie and Semyon Malamud), Journal of Economic Theory 157, 1130-1158, 2015.
  • Incentives to Innovate and the Decision to Go Public or Private, (with Daniel Ferreira and Andre Silva), Review of Financial Studies 27, 256-300, 2014.
  • Information Sharing, and Financial Decision-Making, (with Bruce Carlin, Simon Gervais and Libertarian Paternalism), Review of Financial Studies 26, 2204-2228, 2013.
  • Feedback Effects of Credit Ratings, Journal of Financial Economics 109, 535-548, 2013.
  • Is Pay-for-Performance Detrimental to Innovation? (with Florian Ederer), Management Science 59, 1496-1513, 2013.
  • Incentives and Creativity: Evidence from the Academic Life Sciences, (with Pierre Azoulay and Joshua Graff Zivin), Rand Journal of Economics 42, 527-554, 2011.
  • Motivating Innovation, Journal of Finance 66, 1823-1869, 2011.
  • Governance through Trading and Intervention: A Theory of Multiple Blockholders, (with Alex Edmans), Review of Financial Studies 24, 2395-2428, 2011.
  • Obfuscation, Learning, and the Evolution of Investor Sophistication, (with Bruce Carlin), Review of Financial Studies 23, 754-785, 2011.
  • The Relative Contribution of Private Information Sharing and Public Information Releases to Information Aggregation, (with Darrell Duffie and Semyon Malamud), Journal of Economic Theory 145, 1574-1601, 2010.
  • Performance-Sensitive Debt, (with Bruno Strulovici and Alexei Tchistyi), Review of Financial Studies 23, 1819-1854, 2010.
  • Information Percolation, (with Darrell Duffie and Gaston Giroux), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 2, 100-111, 2010.
  • Information Percolation with Equilibrium Search Dynamics, (with Darrell Duffie and Semyon Malamud), Econometrica 77, 1513-1574, 2009.