Karin S. Thorburn






+47 55 95 92 83


+47 55 95 95 43


Research Chair Professor of Finance,
Ph.D., Stockholm School of Economics, 1998


Swedish, US
Curriculum Vitae

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Professor Thorburn joined the Norwegian School of Economics in 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a PhD in financial economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. She was a faculty member at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, USA, from 1998-2009. Her research focuses on takeovers, bankruptcy, IPOs, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, and environmentally responsible investing. Her work has been published in the top academic journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial EconomicsJournal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Professor Thorburn is a director of the Executive Committee of the European Finance Association and of the board of Nordea Bank Norge ASA. She is a Lindenauer Research Fellow of the Center for Corporate Governance at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, a Research Affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) in Brussels, a member of the scientific board of the European Center for Corporate Control Studies (ECCCS) in Lille, the Scientific Advisory Board to the Centre for Finance at Gothenburg University, the International Advisory Board at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, and the Academic Advisory Council to the U.S. Turnaround Management Association (TMA). 

Teaching areas:
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 

  • Corporate Restructuring

  • Corporate Finance

  • Corporate Valuation


Research areas:
  • Takeovers

  • Corporate Bankruptcy

  • Corporate Restructuring

  • Corporate Governance

  • Environmental Economics

Selected publications:

Working papers:

Work in progress:
  • Bienz, Carsten, Karin S. Thorburn, and Uwe Walz, “Financial Incentives and Risk Taking in Private Equity Firms".

  • Eckbo, B. Espen, Øyvind Norli, and Karin S. Thorburn, “Who initiates Corporate Takeovers?”.

  • Eckbo, B. Espen, Karin S. Thorburn, and Wei Wang, "Chapter 11 Targets".

  • Eckbo, B. Espen, Darius Palia, and Karin S. Thorburn, “CEO Compensation, Pay-Performance Sensitivity, and Total Executive Wealth".

  • Betton, Sandra, B. Espen Eckbo, Karin S. Thorburn, and Melissa Toffanin, “Effects of Industry Competition on Deal Structure, Offer Premiums, and Bidder Gains in Takeovers". 

  • Lindenauer Research Associate, Lindenauer Center for Corporate Governance, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, USA, 2010-present. Click here for Visiting Professor page at Tuck.

  • Research Affiliate, The Financial Economics Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, 2002-present.

  • Research Associate, The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), Brussels, 2004-present.

  • Scientific Board, The European Center for Corporate Control Studies (ECCCS), Lille, 2009-present. 

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Finance at Gothenburg University, Sweden, 2011-present.

  • International Advisory Board, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, 2012-present.

  • Member of the Academic Advisory Council to the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), USA, 2003-present.

  • Associate Director, Lindenauer Center for Corporate Governance, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, New Hampshire, USA, 2001-2009.