Hi, my name is Sahil Raina and I am an assistant professor of finance at the University of Alberta’s Alberta School of Business. I completed my PhD in finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2016. Prior to that, I received a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 2009 and a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 2005. I live in Edmonton, home of the University of Alberta.


I like to study questions at the intersection of financial economics with some other field. This interest has led me to study

  • the knowledgeability of Wall Street analysts during the housing crisis
  • the role that founder gender plays in the performance of venture capital-financed startups
  • the effect of electoral competition (using gerrymandering) on the distribution of government allocation of resources
  • how informally-pivotal legislative representatives leverage their bargaining power to benefit firms located in their districts
  • how firms' boundary decisions respond to changes in competition in upstream and downstream industries due to Chinese import penetration

You can read more about my research by clicking on the “Research” link above or examining my CV at the link above.


I have taught various finance courses to undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students. I am currently teaching “Investments” at the undergraduate level and a PhD seminar in corporate finance. For further details on my teaching, click the “Teaching” link above.