Faculty & Research

Sergey S. Barabanov

Associate Professor : Finance Department

Send an email

Sergey Barabanov’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of institutional investors, investor behavior, asset pricing, hedge funds, portfolio management, and equity and business valuation.

Sergey has received numerous recognitions and awards for his work. He has published widely in leading journals and presented his research at international and national conferences.

He earned his M.S. and B.S. in international economics and management at the University of Maryland-Far Eastern National University, Russia, and a B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. in finance from Washington State University.

Dr. Barabanov has extensive business experience.  He  served as a CFO, controller, accountant-in-chief, and a business consultant for several international firms and government agencies.


Academic Background

M.S./B.S., international economics and management, University of Maryland-Far Eastern National University, Russia
M.B.A., Washington State University
Ph.D., finance, Washington State University

Research Specialties

  • Institutional investors
  • Investor behavior
  • Information asymmetries
  • Securities litigation
  • Asset pricing
  • Hedge funds
  • Portfolio management
  • Initial Public Offerings

Current Research

  • Class action litigation and institutional ownership
  • Institutional ownership and analyst recommendations
  • Market perception of information asymmetry and stock returns
  • Post-IPO litigation and institutional ownership
  • Market neutral investment strategy
  • Portfolio diversification

Major Works

  • Barabanov, Sergey S., O. Ozocak, Kuntara Pukthuanthong, and Thomas J. Walker. "Underwriters and Broken Chinese Walls: Institutional Holdings and Post-IPO Securities Litigation, Journal of Financial Research 36:4 (2013): 543-578.
  • Danielsen, Robert, Sergey Barabanov, Mike Sullivan, and John Schweers. "Optimizing Portfolios with Allocations to Insured Death Benefit; A Proposed Methodology," Journal of Investing. Forthcoming.
  • Barabanov, Sergey S., O. Ozocak, T. J. Walker and H. J. Turtle, "Institutional Investors and Shareholder Litigation," Financial Management 37:2 (2008): 227-250.
  • Walker, T. J., D. Thiengtham, O. Ozocak, and S. Barabanov, "The Role of Indemnification Agreements and Legal Liability in Railroad Disasters: A Financial Market Perspective," International Journal of Managerial Finance 3:4 (2007): 338-359.
  • Barabanov, Sergey S. and T. V. Avdeyeva, "Adopting a Theoretical Framework for Teaching Finance: A Vygotskian Perspective," Advances in Financial Education 5 (Fall 2007): 62-76.
  • Walker, T. J., K. Pukthuanthong, and S. Barabanov, "On the Stock Market’s Reaction to Major Railroad Accidents: An Empirical Analysis," The Journal of the Transportation Research Forum 45:5 (Spring 2006): 23-39.
  • "Investors, Institutional." In International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Vol. 4, 2nd ed., edited by William A. Darity, Jr., 135-137. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • The Outstanding Paper Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2008
  • Gold medal for academic excellence, Russian Federation
  • Fourth, sixth, and ninth places in the All-Russian Academic Olympiads in physics, math, and chemistry respectively

Professional Affiliations

  • Western Finance Association
  • American Finance Association
  • Financial Management Association International
  • Midwest Finance Association