Professor | Marie-France and Rene Kern Chancellor’s Chair in Entrepreneurship | Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Finance | Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Gustavo Manso is a Professor of Finance at the Haas School of Business and holds the Marie-France and Rene Kern Chancellor’s Chair in Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on identifying incentives for promoting innovation in organizations. He examines how managerial compensation affects a firm’s innovation activity and he has shed tremendous light on how the structure of scientific research funding influences breakthrough studies.

After teaching for just one semester at Berkeley Haas, Manso received the Earl F. Cheit Award For Excellence In Teaching—the school’s highest teaching award that is selected by students. He is co-founder and past board member of the Finance Theory Group (FTG), a highly respected initiative that gives young professors opportunities to collaborate and present their research in finance theory. Today, the FTG has grown from 30 to 150 members and hosts its bi-annual meetings at top business schools.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Markets