Brad M. Barber


Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Chair in Finance

Research Expertise: Behavioral finance, asset pricing, gender, and private equity.

Courses Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

  • One of the 50 most cited financial economists in the world.
  • Internationally renowned investor behavior and finance expert whose work offers fresh insights on mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, reliability of stock analysts’ recommendations and how active trading of equities is “hazardous to your wealth.”

Professor Brad Barber is an internationally recognized authority on investor psychology, stock analyst recommendations, online trading, and mutual fund performance. His research includes the effect of expenses on money flowing into mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, the impact of coordinated trading by individual investors, and how active equity trading is hazardous to individual investor wealth.

His research has been covered extensively in the media, including Bloomberg BusinessWeekTimeReuters, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and he has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.

He has published groundbreaking research in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial EconomicsThe Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Political EconomyThe Quarterly Journal of EconomicsAmerican Sociological Review, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Financial Analysts Journal.

Barber’s research has twice been honored with UC Berkeley’s prestigious Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing.

Barber received a Ph.D. in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago as well as a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He teaches core finance classes in the UC Davis MBA program and personal finance to UC Davis undergraduates. He is a regular speaker at international academic and industry conferences.