About

Jan Bena

Jan Bena is an Associate Professor in the Finance Division at the Sauder School of Business, the University of British Columbia (UBC). After an entrepreneurship spell combined with doctoral studies in economics at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), Jan earned a Ph.D. in finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Jan Bena
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At the UBC Sauder School of Business, Jas served as the director of the Ph.D. program in Finance and he is currently the Chair of the Finance Division. He also served as the President of the Northern Finance Association.

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Reasearch interests

Jan’s research interests are in the areas of innovation, private equity, entrepreneurship, and finance and industrial organization.

  • Innovation: Corporate innovation. Asset pricing of technological progress. Decentralized finance (DeFi).
  • Private equity: Corporate ownership structure. Frictions in raising external finance.
  • Entrepreneurship: Ownership of startup companies.
  • Finance and industrial organization: Product market interactions.

Jan’s research was published in top finance journals and he regularly presents in seminars and major international conferences.