Yelena Larkin

Assistant Professor of Finance
Department: Finance
Office: 303 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-5191
Fax: 814-865-3362


Yelena's research focus is empirical corporate finance, with a particular interest in capital structure and payout policy. Her job market paper explores the role of firm-specific demand characteristics in financial decisions, using a marketing database of consumer brand evaluations. Two additional chapters of her dissertation examine the issuance decisions and dividend smoothing policy of firms. Yelena’s work was presented at various academic conferences, including the Financial Management Association and Western Financial Association annual meetings, the Conference on Corporate Finance at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Caesarea Centre Annual Academic Conference.

Yelena obtained her PhD from Cornell University. Prior to joining the PhD program, Yelena worked at the Bank of Israel, Emda Mutual Funds Management (Israel), and the World Bank (Washington, DC), where she was responsible for hedge funds research. Yelena obtained her BA degree in psychology and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also holds an MA degree from an integrated program in financial economics and finance for outstanding students from the Hebrew University.

Yelena joined Smeal College of Business in 2011. She is currently teaching the course on Financial Management of the Business Enterprise.


Ph.D., Finance, Cornell University, 2012

M.A., Financial Economics, Hebrew University, 2004

M.B.A., Finance, Hebrew University, 2004