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Jay Hartzell is the dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He assumed this role Feb. 1, 2016.
Previously Dean Hartzell was a finance professor and expert on corporate finance, real estate finance, corporate governance and executive compensation. His research explains the real-world impact of corporate investments, contractual relationships, executive compensation structures, and board performance. Hartzell is renowned in the world of real estate finance and is the executive director of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center (REFIC).
Hartzell is the former chair of the finance department (ranked 5th among top-tier graduate programs by U.S. News 2017) and is the Trammell Crow Regents' Professor in Business at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin.
His scholarly articles have been published in the leading academic journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Hartzell also has served as an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.
Hartzell previously was an assistant professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and he has been a consultant with Hewitt Associates.
In addition to his academic experience, Jay has worked as a Benefits Consultant with Hewitt Associates.
The University of Texas at Austin: Ph.D., Finance 1998
Trinity University: B.Sc., Business Administration / Economics 1991
Media Appearances (10)
Deans’ First Jobs: From Washing Dishes To Selling Hot Dogs
Poets & Quants online
Dean Hartzell talks about his first job and what he learned from it with Poets & Quants.
Inside Billionaire John Goff's Biggest Single Donation to Create the Top Real Estate Program
Dallas Business Journal online
"It was very well thought out and put together for a good presentation," Goff told me. "Jay Hartzell, the new dean, has a real passion for real estate that will really make sure the money is going to a good use. His aspiration of the program is similar to mine.
Crescent Real Estate CEO John Goff Makes $6 Million Gift to UT
Dallas News online
"This gift will catapult forward a real estate program that is already among the world's elite," Jay Hartzell, dean of the McCombs School, said. "We will be second to none in our ability to provide experiential learning for our undergraduate and graduate students, complementing the analytical foundation we've always given them."
Rackspace CEO: Fostering Tech Ecosystem Will Keep City on ‘Winning Side’
Rivard Report online
Joining Rhodes on the panel were local billionaire businessman Red McCombs, UT-Austin McCombs School of Business Dean Jay Hartzell, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Assistant Vice President Keith Phillips, and Republic National Distributing Company partner and board member Alan Dreeben.
Inno Approved: The Week's Top Tech Events in Austin
Austin Inno online
2017 Business Forecast: Confidence in Uncertain Times — Austin event. The 7-9 a.m. event features Dimensional Fund Advisors CEO David Booth; Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe; Mine Yücel, the senior VP and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and UT McCombs School of Business Dean Jay Hartzell.
UT Biz School Promotes From Within for New Leader
Austin Business Journal online
Jay Hartzell will take over the school's top position Feb. 1. He has worked at UT since 2001 and serves as senior associate dean for academic affairs at the McCombs School.
2015 Economic Forecast: Momentum
Texas CEO Magazine print
Hartzell served as moderator of panel discussions featuring top CEOs and executives from Fortune 500 and other top business and governmental entities.
Quick Study with Jay Hartzell
REIT News | NAREIT online
Interview with Jay Hartzell regarding REITs, tax reform, and corporate governance.
Protecting Your Bucket
Wall Street Journal online online
The fact that you don't see the price changing over time could give you the false impression that a nontraded REIT is behaving like a bond, says Jay Hartzell.
The Almighty Dollar
The researchers show that Oklahoma's ministers are driven not just by spiritual motivations but also by high-powered financial incentives.
Listing of top scholarly works by Jay Hartzell.
We document that backfilling in the ExecuComp database introduces a data-conditioning bias that can affect inferences and make replicating previous work difficult. Although backfilling can be advantageous due to greater data coverage, if not addressed, the oversampling of firms with strong managerial incentives and higher subsequent returns leads to a significant upward bias in abnormal compensation, pay-for-performance sensitivity, and the magnitudes of several previously established relations. We offer methods to address this issue.
We study the role of labor inputs in religious attendance using data on Oklahoma Methodist congregations from 1961 to 2003. Pastors play a significant role in church growth: replacing a 25th percentile pastor with a 75th percentile one increases annual attendance growth by 3%. A pastor’s performance in his or her first church (largely the result of random assignment) predicts future performance, suggesting a causal effect of pastors on growth. The deployment of pastors by the church indicates efficient use of labor: low-performing pastors are more likely to be rotated or exit the sample, and high-performing pastors are moved to larger congregations.
These results suggest that an increase in shareholder control from its current level would generally benefit shareholders. However, we find that the benefits of increased control are muted for firms with shareholders whose interests may deviate from value maximization.
Libo Sun and Sheridan Titman
Observing whether diversification adds or destroys value is notoriously difficult. This study uses the unique setting of real estate investment trusts (REITs) to examine this issue.
Stuart L. Gillan and Laura T. Starks
We provide arguments and present evidence that corporate governance structures are composed of interrelated mechanisms, which are in turn endogenous responses to the costs and benefits firms face when they choose those mechanisms.
This paper develops and tests the hypothesis that the magnitude of US multinational cash holdings are, in part, a consequence of the tax costs associated with repatriating foreign income.
We present a stylized model that examines the effects of institutional monitoring on executive compensation.
We study benefits received by target chief executive officers (CEOs) in completed mergers and acquisitions.
We provide arguments and present evidence that corporate governance structures are endogenous responses to the costs and benefits firms face when they choose the mechanisms that comprise those structures.
We find that institutional ownership concentration is positively related to the pay-for-performance sensitivity of executive compensation and negatively related to the level of compensation.