Michael U. Dothan

Guy F. Atkinson Professor of Economics and Finance

"How could you not be interested in finance? It is a technology that underlies everything."


I want my students to be able to make sense of the intricacies of finance, to follow their curiosity and creativity, to be concerned with the quality of evidence they use to shape their reasoning, to become better in thinking critically and in solving problems, and to be interested in ethical issues.

I want my students to be able to use what they learn about finance in other areas of management, and to relate what they learn in my classes to their previous learning and experience. And I want their learning to stay with them when they leave school.

My commitment to students is to know finance extremely well, to deliver classes worth attending, and to help students learn outside of the classroom.


Michael Dothan teaches courses in investment management, finance and strategy, and finance and economics. Michael's teaching awards include United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award (2001) and Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).

Michael was also honored with Meritorious Service Awards in 2004, 2008 and 2011.

Michael's research has appeared in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and other journals.

Prior to joining Atkinson faculty, Michael taught at the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, where he was Chair of the Department of Finance, and at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael lives in Wilsonville, Oregon.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.Sc., Israel Institute of Technology
  • B.Sc., Israel Institute of Technology (summa cum laude)

Areas of Instruction

Investments, Student Investment Fund, Strategic Finance, and Economics, Finance, and Markets.

Research Interests

Finance and strategy, private and public financial engineering.

Awards and Distinctions

Excellence in teaching awards (2007 and 2001), meritorious service awards (2011, 2008, 2004).

Selected Professional Activities

American Finance Association; reviewer for Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and other journals. Consultant in financial derivatives.

Selected Publications

"A Better Budget Rule" (with F. Thompson), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 3(2009).

"Appraising Commitments and Guarantees with Option Prices" (with S. Hansen and F. Thompson), Public Budgeting and Finance, 4(2007).

"Costs of Financial Distress and Interest Coverage Ratios," Journal of Financial Research, 2(2006).

"Restrictions to Foreign Exchange Rate Dynamics" (with S. Ramamurtie and S. Ulman), Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Derivative Securities Conference, April 1996.

Prices in Financial Markets, Oxford University Press, 342 pp., 1990.

"A Random Volatility Correction for the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Formula," Advances in Futures and Options Research, 2(1987).

"Equilibrium Interest Rates and Multi-Period Bonds in a Partially Observable Economy" (with D. Feldman), Journal of Finance, 41(1986).

Invited Presentations

University of Arizona; Bell Laboratories; University of British Columbia; University of Chicago; University of Houston; University of Michigan; University of Pennsylvania; Stanford University; Vanderbilt University; University of Washington; University ofWisconsin-Madison; Yale University; Oregon Graduate Institute; Oregon State University.

Presentations at Conferences

American Finance Association Annual Meetings; Western Finance Association Annual Meetings; Financial Management Association Annual Meetings; Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences International Conference, International Atlantic Economic Society.