Alex A. Abakah is currently at Rutgers University Business School where he teaches and conducts research in finance. His research interests include empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, financial institutions, and debt markets. Alex’s current work focuses on the effects of local culture on municipal finance, the effects of industry cluster on corporate payout policy and CEO compensation structure, and the effects of improved internal controls on capital structure and the variability of corporate performance. He is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching: Krannert Distinguished Teaching Award from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University; and the Fisher, Long, and Whitcomb Award for exceptional teaching from Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. He is a recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship from Rutgers University, and a Summer Research Award from the dean of Rutgers Business School. He is a finance Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University. In addition, he has a B.Sc. in mathematics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), an M.S. in statistics from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. in economics from Purdue University.