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Conrad S. Ciccotello

Chair and Associate Professor    
  • Ph.D., finance, Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D., Suffolk University
  • MBA, St. Mary's University
  • B.S., engineering, Lehigh University
  • law and finance
  • financial intermediation and services

Conrad S. Ciccotello is the chair of the Department of Risk Management & Insurance and the director of asset and wealth management programs in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He is a graduate of the Suffolk Law School and a member of the Pennsylvania and Supreme Court Bars. In 1993, Dr. Ciccotello completed his Ph.D. in finance at the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Ciccotello’s primary research interests are in law and finance, with an emphasis in financial intermediation and services. He has more than 60 publications including articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, Financial Analysts Journal, and the Journal of Corporation Law. Dr. Ciccotello has received research grants from TIAA-CREF Institute, Kauffman Foundation, and the William Davidson Institute. He is the author of the first two chapters in Mutual Funds: The Blackwell Series in Finance. Dr. Ciccotello’s research on the financial advisory profession is cited in the Federal Register, and his paper on market timing of mutual funds is entered into the Congressional Record as Senate Banking Committee testimony.

Dr. Ciccotello currently serves as a research fellow in the TIAA-CREF Institute. He was the editor of Financial Services Review from 2001-2007 and the executive director of the Huebner Foundation from 2012-2016. Well known in the Atlanta area for his television appearances discussing financial issues of interest to households, Dr. Ciccotello has also provided expert testimony to the Retirement Committee of the Georgia Senate. Since 2008, he has served as the investment consultant for the defined-contribution retirement plan of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Ciccotello is also highly visible nationwide, having been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Consumer Reports, and Investment Advisor. He has appeared on the Weather Channel and been featured on Men’s Health Live and National Public Radio programs. Outside of the U.S, Dr. Ciccotello teaches a course in wealth management at the Poznan (Poland) School of Economics.

Dr. Ciccotello was voted an “outstanding instructor” by Robinson College students in 2010 and was also recognized by his peers with a faculty teaching award in 2006. His close relationships with the financial services industry have helped program graduates with placement and advancement to ownership of a financial advisory practice. Prior to his arrival at Georgia State in 1999, Dr. Ciccotello held faculty positions at the Pennsylvania State University and at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was named an Outstanding Academy Educator in 1994. An undergraduate engineer (Lehigh University, 1981), Dr. Ciccotello has seven years of professional experience in project engineering and management. Since 2004, he has served as an independent director and audit committee chair for the Tortoise Capital Advisors’ (TCA) Funds. In 2011, TCA was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Financial Services.

  • Z. Alam, M. Chen, C. S. Ciccotello, and H. Ryan (2016). “Board Structure Mandates: Consequences for Director Location and Financial Reporting.” Forthcoming in Management Science.
  • Z. Alam, M. Chen, C. S. Ciccotello, and H. Ryan (2014). “Does the Location of Directors Matter? Information Acquisition and Decisions by the Board.” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 49 (1), 131-164. Featured in the 2013 Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
  • V. Atanasov, B. Black, and C. S. Ciccotello. (2011). “Law and Tunneling.” Journal of Corporation Law 37(1), 101-151.
  • Ciccotello, C.S, J. Greene, L. Ling, and D. Rakowski (2011). “Capacity and Factor Timing Effects in Active Portfolio Management.” Journal of Financial Markets 14, 277-300.
  • V. Atanasov, B. Black, C. S. Ciccotello, and S. Gyoshev (2010). “How Does Law Affect Finance? An Examination of Equity Tunneling in Bulgaria.” Journal of Financial Economics 96, 155-173. Featured in the 2009 Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
  • Greene, J. and C. S. Ciccotello (2006). Mutual Fund Dilution from Market Timing Trades. Journal of Investment Management 4, 31-54.
  • Ciccotello, C. S., M. J. Hornyak and M. Piwowar (2004). “Research and Development Alliances: Evidence from a Federal Contracts Repository.” Journal of Law and Economics 47, 123-166.