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Jan Sokolowsky, Ph.D.

Section Leader, Finance

Email: jsokolowsky@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan
BA, Economics, University of Mannheim
Expertise: Finance, academic research, economics, statistics, corporate finance and governance

Jan Sokolowsky is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He serves as the advisory editor at the Review of Financial Studies, one of the most prestigious peer-review journals for academic finance research. He is an experienced instructor, having taught courses in finance, economics, and statistics at William & Mary and at the University of Michigan at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

His current research interests include corporate finance and governance (e.g., issues involving executive compensation, boards of directors, ownership by institutional investors), household decision-making and finance (e.g., the role of health risk in household delinquencies), as well as the economics of well-being (not the wishful-thinking kind promoted by positive psychology). Jan is working on research that explores diurnal variation in individuals’ risk and time preferences. His work is well-published, including in The Journal of Finance, the field’s flagship journal.

In the future, Jan would like to start his own company. In the meantime, in addition to his teaching endeavors, he enjoys spending time raising his four children, traveling, hiking, playing water polo, and chess.