Dr. Rastad’s research spans several areas of Finance and Economics, including corporate finance, pension funds, applied econometrics, industrial organization and behavioral economics. He has recently worked on capital structure decision of corporations, asset allocation of public pension funds, a theory for country cartels and interactions of emotions and economics decision-making.
Rastad’s research has been published in Journal of Pension Economics and Finance and The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. He has also presented his work at several conferences including National Beurue of Economics Research, Midwest Econometrics Group Meetings, and International Economic Science Association.
Mahdi holds a Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Finance from University of Illinois. He received Paul W. Boltz Research Fellowship, Beckman Institute Research Fellowship where he was a research fellow at the University of Illinois. He taught Corporate Finance, Merger and Acquisition and Fixed Income Portfolio as well as courses in Statistics and Economics. He was placed on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students several times at University of Illinois.