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Ville  Rantala

Ville Rantala

Assistant Professor, Finance


Ville Rantala joined the Miami Herbert Business School after earning his PhD from Aalto University. Much of his research focuses on social interaction effects among individual financial decision makers. In his work, Rantala has studied how social networks influence the behavior of individual investors and corporate decision makers and how investment information spreads through social connections. His research interests are in the areas of behavioral finance, corporate finance, and household finance.

Research Interests

Behavioral finance; corporate finance; financial crime; and household finance

Featured Publications

  • Social Learning and Analyst Behavior, with Alok Kumar and Rosy Xu, 2021, Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming.

    Common Analysts: Method for Defining Peer Firms, with Markku Kaustia, 2020, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.

    How Do Investment Ideas Spread through Social Interaction? Evidence from a Ponzi Scheme, 2019, Journal of Finance 74, 2349-2389.

    Social Learning and Corporate Peer Effects, with Markku Kaustia, 2015, Journal of Financial Economics 117, 653-669.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Finance, Miami Herbert Business School, 2016 - Present


  • Investor behavior
  • Research on financial crime
  • Social network analysis


  • Ph.D., Finance, Aalto University, 2016
  • M.Sc., Finance, Aalto University, 2010
  • B.Sc., Business Administration, Helsinki School of Economics, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Provost's Research Award, 2018
  • OP Financial Group Research Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2017
  • Evli Bank Award, Aalto University, 2010
Ville  Rantala


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