Ville Rantala

Asst. Professor

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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.


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

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Investor behavior | Research on financial crime | Social network analysis

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Investor behavior | Research on financial crime | Social network analysis

Professional Experience

2016 - Assistant Professor, Finance, Miami Herbert Business School

Honors & Acknowledgements

Emerging Scholar Award, Miami Herbert Business School, 2020
Provost's Research Award, 2018
OP Financial Group Research Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2017
Evli Bank Award, Aalto University, 2010

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Behavioral finance; corporate finance; financial crime; and household finance


Social Learning and Analyst Behavior (2022). Journal of Financial Economics 143, 434-461, with Alok Kumar and Rosy Xu

Common Analysts: Method for Defining Peer Firms (2021). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 56, 1505-1536, with Markku Kaustia

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 (2015). Journal of Financial Economics 117, 653-669, with Markku Kaustia