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Jay R. Ritter

Joseph B. Cordell Eminent Scholar Chair


Eminent Scholar

University of Florida,
Warrington College of Business Administration
Department of Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
PO Box 117168
327 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7168

352.846.2837 Email



  • PHD – Economics & Finance, University of Chicago, 1981
  • MA – University of Chicago, 1976
  • BA – University of Chicago, 1976

Research Interests

  • Initial Public Offerings, Asset Pricing, Valuation, Investment Banking, Capital Structure.

JAY R. RITTER Biography

Since 1996, Jay R. Ritter has served as the Joseph Cordell Eminent Scholar in the Department of Finance at the University of Florida. He teaches corporate finance classes at the undergraduate, masters, and PhD level. Prof Ritter is known as “Mr. IPO” for his work on initial public offerings. During 2014-15, he is serving as president of the Financial Management Association. He received his BA, MA, and PhD (1981) degrees in economics and finance from the University of Chicago.