Baughn Professor of Finance • Professor
Finance • Burridge Center for Finance

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Jaime F. Zender is a Professor of Finance and the Baughn Professor of Finance at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.

Professor Zender received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder, then his M.A., M.Phil., and PhD in Financial Economics at Yale University. He joined the Finance Division at Leeds in 2001, following appointments at the University of Arizona (1999-2001), University of Utah (1988-1999), and Visiting Faculty appointments at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University (1998-99), and the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis (1991-92). Professor Zender was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University. He served as the Leeds Finance Division Chair from 2011 – 2017.

Professor Zender’s research focuses on Corporate Finance, Security Design, Executive Compensation, Divisible Good Auctions, and the impact of Ambiguity Averse Preferences on Financial Decision-Making. His research has been published in many leading journals including Journal of FinanceJournal of Political EconomyReview of Financial StudiesEconomic Theory, Economics LettersJournal of Financial Intermediation, Management ScienceJournal of Financial and Quantitative AnalysisEuropean Economic Review, and others.

Professor Zender has taught in the Undergraduate, Masters, MBA, and PhD programs at the Leeds school. He currently teaches the core finance course in the Masters and the MBA programs.


  • Baughn Professor of Finance, 2001-present
  • Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper in the Journal of Finance 2008
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, 2003
  • MBA Educator of Distinction, 2003
  • Outstanding Referee Award, The Review of Financial Studies, 2000
  • Doctoral Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, 1997-98
  • Wasatch Advisors Faculty Scholar, University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, 1998-99


  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University
  • M.Phil, Economics, Yale University
  • MA, Economics, Yale University
  • BA, Economics and Mathematics, University of Colorado